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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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Date Problem Type State
11/9/2006 Machine malfunction GA Diebold Bibb County. Problems reading memory cards. "The server receiving data from the memory cards had the incorrect host name and wouldn't read the information, Carr said. Technicians were able to fix the problem, which also happened during the July primary." Story Archive
11/9/2006 Malfeasance GA Diebold Bibb County. Malfunctioning Diebold machine taken out of service, put back into use when lines get long. The machine was initially shut down, but when long lines started to develop during the day, it was brought back into use, she said. Voters were told to be careful selecting their candidates and to review their ballots, she said, adding that she didn't think any voters cast incorrect ballots. Story Archive
11/9/2006 Machine malfunction KY Hart InterCivic Bell, Bullitt, Breckinridge, Henry, LaRue, Livingston, Marion, Pulaski, Union, Warren, Wayne, Webster and Woodford Counties. Scanners used to read absentee ballots weren't working properly. Story Archive
11/9/2006 Machine malfunction KY Hart InterCivic Scott, Woodford, Bourbon, Boyle, Bullitt, Daviess, Grant and Nelson Counties. Trouble combining totals from the old Danaher 1242 machines and the new Hart InterCivic eSlate machines caused headaches and long hours for election officials. Democratic House Speaker Jody Richards yesterday called the new electronic voting machines "horrible." Story Archive Story2 Archive2
11/9/2006 Machine malfunction KY Hart InterCivic Vote-switching on the Hart InterCivic eSlate e-voting machine was reported to the Attorney General. The eSlate is not a touch screen machine. Story Archive
11/9/2006 Machine malfunction ME Diebold Waterville. Diebold scanners malfunction. Results show 27,000 votes in a town with 11,000 registered voters. Story Archive
11/9/2006 Machine malfunction OH ESS Franklin County. Five of the 19 iVotronic machines in four precincts were inoperable for at least part of Election Day. ES&S technicians who refused to identify themselves repaired the machines and placed them back in use. Story
11/9/2006 Machine malfunction PA Hart InterCivic Lancaster County. A third of the county's 232 polling stations experienced malfunctions on the Hart InterCivic eScan ballot scanners. In many cases, the memory cards were test cards, not set up for election results. Story Archive
11/9/2006 Machine malfunction PA ESS Luzerne County. Vote-switching reported on the ES&S iVotronic.
Evelyn Graham, a Hazleton City Councilwoman, said she touched the box for Republican gubernatorial candidate Lynn Swann, and it highlighted as her selection. But when she moved on to the next race and picked Republican senatorial candidate Rick Santorum, Graham said she noticed that Rendell’s name had become highlighted as her selection. Graham said she returned to the governor’s race, de-selected Rendell and selected Swann. “I did it four to six times, and each time it changed back to Rendell.” ... "I do not believe that there is an honest election possible anymore with these machines."
Another voter had her vote for Republican Santorum vote changed to Democrat Casey. Story Archive

Follow-up, Piazza established a procedure to attempt to prevent future problems. Archive2

11/9/2006 Machine malfunction TN Hart InterCivic Knox County. Circuitry in a Hart InterCivic eSlate fails, calling into question over 2600 e-ballots. Knox County Election Commission Chair Pamela Reeves explains what happened to the machine. "Apparently, what it did was it smoked. I don't know what caused it to smoke, but it was literally smoking. So they unhooked it at the time. Of course, we don't read the votes and we didn't know there was a problem until we went to read the votes Tuesday night." Story Archive
11/9/2006 Poor design TX ESS Hill County. The computer operator couldn't get the votes from paper ballots to combine with votes submitted electronically, delaying the results. The operator was an ES&S technician. Story Archive
11/9/2006 Too few ballots TX Falls County. A shortage of paper ballots forced many voters to use the eSlate e-voting machines instead, causing long lines and long waits. Story Archive
11/9/2006 Machine malfunction VA AVS Fairfax County. Vote-switching on the WINVote e-voting machines. Voters report that when they touch the screen for one U.S. Senate candidate, the other would be selected. Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction AR ESS Benton County. Printers in the ES&S iVotronic jammed. Story
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction AR ESS Clark County. Unity software compiling results from the ES&S iVotronics added in the test ballots. Same thing happened in the primary. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction AR ESS Sharp County. Votes tabulated on the ES&S software showed up multiple times. Some iVotronics had paper jams, delaying voting. The program glitch was allowing votes from precincts which had been counted earlier to show up on the tally sheet multiple times, as the votes from each succeeding precinct were counted. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction AR ESS Benton County. Possible computer error with ES&S iVotronics. McCarthy said some indicators from the election results Tuesday led him to wonder whether the summary reports from voting machines reflected actual vote totals. He said he did not want to elaborate on what those indicators were. A recount could affect every race, he said. Story Archive

11/09/06 update -- The problem may be corrupted result data. Story Archive

11/10/06 update -- ES&S tabulation software subtracted votes as new totals were added. "Each time the election workers submit new precincts, votes already recorded were lost." The corrected totals show a change in the outcomes of 8 races. Story Archive

11/11/06 update -- Questions remain as some towns report more votes than the entire population of the town. Others report unusually low turnout. The countywide turnout is reported at 83%, which many agree is not believable. McCarthy is working with ES&S to determine what has happened. Story Archive Story2 Archive2

11/14/06 update. Third and final set of official totals are released. Story Archive

11/16/06 update. Two electronic files containing ballots [presumably memory cartridges] were found uncounted in a bag. Including them in the count changed the Lowell city clerk race into a tie. Story Archive

11/8/2006 Machine malfunction AR ESS Lawrence County. Undefined problems with the ES&S iVotronics forced some voters to use paper ballots. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction CA Diebold San Diego County. Paper jams on the Diebold touch screen machines in Vista. Story
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction CA Across the state: "Voters ran into a veritable zoo of problems at polls across California, from power outages to jammed ballot scanners to electronic voting machines designed for access to disabled voters that either wouldn't work or weren't handicapped accessible. Problems with touch screens and electronic ballot marking devices were reported in San Joaquin, San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Sacramento and Contra Costa counties, representing the products of every major voting machine vendor." Story Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction CA Diebold San Joachin County. Diebold touch screens malfunctioned and polling places ran out of English ballots. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction CA Sequoia Santa Clara County. Five Sequoia Edge touch screens broke down. Story Archive Personnel Experience
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction CA Diebold Marin County - San Francisco. Scanners wouldn't accept the first page of the ballot. Story Archive
11/8/2006 E-pollbook CO Sequoia Denver. E-poll books failed, computers crashed and voting machines broke down across the city, causing long lines and waits up to three hours. Story Archive

Computer glitches prevented thousands of residents from voting, piles of absentee ballots are still to be counted, and Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher today asked that Denver's two elected voting commissioners - Susan Roger and Sandy Adams - resign and that the mayor fire Clerk and Recorder Wayne Vaden as well as the entire senior staff of the election commission, including executive director John Gaydeski. Story Archive

11/16/06 update. It is revealed that "Denver election officials never tested the capacity of the troubled computer systems they used to verify voter registrations on Election Day - an omission one computer expert called "shocking" and others said seemed shortsighted." Story Archive

11/8/2006 Too few machines CO Hart InterCivic Douglas County. The county's 300 eSlates weren't enough to handle the turnout with such a long ballot, says the County Clerk in an apology to the voters. 200 more are needed to avoid long lines. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction FL ESS Sarasota County. The Jennings-Buchanan Congressional race was impacted by ES&S iVotronics malfunctions. The race did not show up on some screens, and dozens of voters complained that their selections did not appear on the review screen. There were more than 18,000 undervotes in that contest, while the contest above and below it on the ballot had fewer than 2000 undervotes. Story Archive

Jennings attorneys say the law allows a recount for the small margin (less than 1/4%), and they believe machine problems caused a loss of votes. Story Archive

11-9-06 Update. While the touch screen undervote in the Jenning-Buchanan race was 13% in the county, paper absentee ballots showed a 1.8% undervote in that race. Story

11/8/2006 Long lines GA Diebold Jackson County. Long lines in Randolph precinct kept the polling place open two hours past closing time. Story
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction GA Diebold DeKalb, Fulton, and Cobb Counties. Vote-switching on the Diebold touch screen machines. By mid afternoon, 30-40 voters reported that votes for Democrats are switched to Republicans on the screen. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction GA Diebold DeKalb County. Diebold touch screen machines broke down causing long lines and dozens of voters leaving without voting. A judge ordered voting hours extended at one polling place. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction GA Diebold Effingham County. Undefined Diebold voting machine problems. And, a computer malfunction prevented transmission of the results from nine precincts. Technicians retrieved results through other means. Story Archive Story2 Archive2
11/8/2006 (Other) IA Diebold Humboldt County. With a strong write-in campaign, a discrepancy between the write-ins recorded at each precinct and the Diebold machine printouts of those ballots caused the County Auditor to seek a recount. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Late counting IA ESS Johnson County. All 14,000 ballots needed to be rescanned because of a procedural problem with the tabulating equipment. The county uses ES&S M100 scanners. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction IA ESS Pottawattamie County. Software programming error on the ES&S tabulator delayed counting. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction IA ESS Calhoun County. ES&S M100 scanners locked up and had to be reset by election officials. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction IL Sequoia Cook County. Serious data transmission problems slow the vote tabulation. David Orr is investigating whether it is Sequoia software, hardware, or both. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction IN MicroVote LaPorte County. Microvote Infinities were not operating properly, caused delays, and poll stayed open late. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction IN ESS Marion County. ES&S Optech 3PEagles scanners did not work correctly for early voting in more than 100 precincts. Problems connecting the scanners to the iVotronic touch screens. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Machine malfunction IN ESS Marion County. In Indiana's Marion County, which includes Indianapolis, election officials switched to paper ballots in 175 of the county's 914 precincts because they couldn't operate the ES&S iVotronic electronic-voting machines. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Malfeasance IN ESS Marion County. Thousands of votes are missing on 66 missing memory cards (e-ballot boxes). Marion County Clerk Doris Anne Sadler (R) says this occurs every election. "Usually it doesn't make a difference in the outcome of an election, so no one pays attention to that. But in this case it could make or break a candidate's position," she said. So far 23 cards have been found. Story Archive
11/8/2006 Poor design MT ESS Yellowstone County. Election administrator may have counted some absentee ballots twice, so he will recount all ballots in the county. Procedures for the ES&S scanners require that absentee ballots be 'zeroed out' before regular ballots are scanned, and the administrator forgot this step on two scanners. Story Archive
Records: 561-600 of 1280
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