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Election Problem Log - 2004 to 2009
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VotersUnite! began this problem log with the November 2004 election. It continued its compilation of problems reported in the media by adding news stories about subsequent elections, through 2009. See also: Failures by vendor and Failures by state.
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10/26/2004 Machine malfunction NV Sequoia Las Vegas. Reports of misfeeds and printer jams on the electronic voting machines. The county clerk says no votes were lost, but the article fails to explain how the clerk knows that. Story Archive
10/26/2004 Ballot printing NY Monroe County. An Albany judge ruled that the Independence Party's nomination of two state Supreme Court candidates should be disallowed because of problems at the nominating convention. Absentee ballots are incorrect and voting machines must have the candidates changed. Story Archive
10/26/2004 Registration delays OH Cuyahoga County. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has botched the registrations of more than 10,000 voters, preventing them from heading to the ballot box next week, according to a lawsuit filed late Monday. Story
10/25/2004 Ballot secrecy GA Advance voters are linked to their votes by a ballot number assigned to both their ballot and their ballot application. This violation of the Georgia Constitution occurred in the primary and is occurring again in the general election. See story about the primary
10/25/2004 E-pollbook GA In roughly two-thirds of all counties, including Gwinnett and Cobb, elections workers struggled to communicate with the state voter registration database. The problem had to do with a DSL line that allows counties to access a master voter registration database. As a result, counties had to resort to slower connections to the database, or manually check in voters using paper lists. Story Archive
10/25/2004 Malfeasance GA Ballot secrecy, guaranteed by the Georgia Constitution, is violated for early voters. Each early vote has a unique identification number tying it to the voter. More
10/25/2004 Ballot printing WA Chelan County. Absentee ballots must be reprinted. The auditor did not include the names of two judges, because she thought they didn't need to be on the ballot since they ran unopposed in the primary. Story Archive
10/24/2004 Election law MO State law does not require unofficial voter registration groups to turn in forms to the officials. SoS Blunt condones such a law. Story Archive
10/24/2004 Voter challenges OH GOP files excessive registration challenges. Story1 Story2 Archive1
10/23/2004 Voter intimidation FL Campaigners are harassing voters in counties across the state. A loophole in the state law fails to prevent campaigners from approaching voters during early voting. Story Archive
10/23/2004 Voter challenges OH The Republican party took formal steps to place thousands of recruits inside polling places on Election Day to challenge the qualifications of voters they suspect are not eligible to cast ballots. Story Archive
10/22/2004 Fraud CA Solano County. Hundreds of absentee ballots mailed on Oct 6. to Rio Vista residents have been "lost" in the mail. Story Archive
10/22/2004 Fraud FL Pasco County. People posing as election officials went to voters' homes and collected their absentee ballots. Story Archive
10/22/2004 Ballot printing IL DuPage County. A sample ballot printed in 43 newspapers misplaced a Democratic candidate and instructed voters to choose two candidates where only one will be elected. County officials say the actual ballots will be correct, even though the legal notice is incorrect. Story Archive
10/22/2004 Ballot printing IN Marion, Vigo, Clay, Monroe, and Owen Counties. A judge ordered hundreds of absentee ballots to be completely thrown out because one candidate in one race was incorrect.
Story Archive
10/22/2004 Machine malfunction NM Sequoia Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties. Votes change to the wrong candidate on the Sequoia touch screen. Both Republicans and Democrats had presidential votes changed, as well as other choices. Story Archive
10/22/2004 Fraud OH Franklin County. Reports of about a dozen voters contacted by someone claiming to be from the county Board of Elections, telling them their voting location was changed. Story
10/22/2004 (Other) TX Hart InterCivic Travis County. Austin. An eSlate intended for use in the election was stolen. It was in the trunk of an election judge's car when the car was stolen. Story Archive
10/22/2004 Machine malfunction TX Hart InterCivic Travis County. Voters who vote a straight party Democratic ticket see their presidential votes have changed to Bush on the review screen. Officials say the voters have caused this by pressing the wrong button on the second screen of the eSlate machine. Story Archive
10/21/2004 Malfeasance AL Hale County clerk uses her personal PO box as the return address for absentee ballots. Her husband is a candidate.
Story Archive
10/21/2004 Machine malfunction NC Forsyth County. Precinct chair says his ballot was not tallied correctly during a demonstration of the e-voting machines at an early voting site. Story: Early voting going briskly Archive
10/21/2004 Machine malfunction NC Forsyth County. Kathy Cooper, director of elections, says problems with batteries dying on computers at early voting polls have already been resolved. Story: Early voting going briskly Archive
10/21/2004 Ballot printing ND Cass County. ES&S printed 120,000 ballots with incorrect text. Both "yes" and "no" would approve a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Bar codes used for alignment were printed incorrectly, too. ES&S is responsible and will pay for reprinting. Story Archive
10/21/2004 Registration fraud NV Voters Outreach of America (Sproul and Associates) was caught ripping up Democratic registration forms. Link below has multiple articles and links. Story1 Story2
10/21/2004 Registration fraud OR Voters Outreach of America (Sproul and Associates) may be destroying Democratic registration forms here, too.
Story1 Story2
10/21/2004 Registration fraud PA Meadville. Sproul and Associates of Chandler, Arizona, was hired by the Republican National Committee to canvass Pennsylvania and register new voters. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that some canvassers claim they were given instructions to avoid adding anyone to the voter rolls who might support the Democratic presidential nominee.
Story1 Story2
10/21/2004 Ballot display TX Travis County. Voter voting a straight party ticket miss the page with the commuter rail issue. Story
10/21/2004 E-pollbook TX Tarrant County. Computers fail to connect to the main computer to verify voter registration.
Story Archive
10/21/2004 Machine malfunction TX Hart InterCivic Tarrant County. Machine froze when voter entered voter access code. Story Archive
10/21/2004 Poor design TX Tarrant County. Ballot wasn't counted when voter left without pressing the final "Vote" button.
Story Archive
10/20/2004 Registration delays AL Backlog in processing registration forms. State head of voter registration quits.
10/20/2004 Provisional ballots AR Pulaski County. Remote sites for early voting in Pulaski County do not have provisional ballots, so voters whose ballots are challenged have no way to vote.
10/20/2004 Paper ballots (late) CO Adams County (Denver). Sequoia printer in California failed to print 13,000 absentee ballots. Ballots were finally mailed October 21. Story Gov. Press Release
10/20/2004 Ballot printing FL Palm Beach County. An unknown number of absentee ballots went out without a second page containing proposed amendments to the state constitution.
Story Archive
10/20/2004 E-pollbook FL Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. Computers fail to connect to the main computer to verify voter registration.
Story Archive
10/20/2004 Poor design FL Sequoia Palm Beach County. Poll workers closed the election on machines, rather than just shutting down for the night. Machines can't be used again in the election.
Story Archive
10/20/2004 Ballot printing OH Cuyahoga County. Arrows on absentee ballots don't line up with the correct punch hole. "If absentee voters cast their vote by trying to line up the arrow with the punch card, they could punch the wrong number."
10/20/2004 Registration fraud SD Voter-registration groups didn't turn in all the completed forms to the county office.
Story Archive
10/19/2004 Machine malfunction FL Sequoia Palm Beach County. In the second day of early voting, touch screen machines failed and had to be replaced. One machine froze as a voter was voting.
10/19/2004 Provisional ballots FL Florida voters can't use provisional ballots except in their home precincts, the Florida Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday. Secretary of State Glenda Hood applauded the decision because it will help ensure an orderly election. Story
90 polling places were destroyed by the hurricanes. Story
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