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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
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction GA Diebold Clayton County. Diebold touch screen problems caused delays. Polling places stayed open late. Story
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction IA ESS Butler County. ES&S M100 ballot scanners were reading straight-party votes incorrectly, activating the undervote warning wrongly. But officials said the votes were tabulated correctly. The ballot programming error was made in-house. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction IA ESS Fayette County. iVotronics freeze when the PEB is inserted too quickly. “That’s just a common problem,” Auditor Larry Popenhagen said. “They just have to be careful to do it when they’re supposed to.” Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction IA Diebold Pocahontas County. Printers on the Diebold TSx touch screens weren't printing the zero tapes at the start of the day to show that no votes had yet been cast. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Accessibility problems IL Sequoia Cook County. Voter with visual impairments was given a paper ballot, no option to vote on accessible machine. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction IL Sequoia Cook County. Sequoia touch screens have failed, and many precincts have run out of pens used to mark the paper ballots. By 1:40 pm, the election office had received over 100 complaints. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction IL Sequoia Cook County. Reports from voters. Vote-switching on Sequoia touch screens AND the paper print of the votes. Problems ejecting the voter access card. On demand printers not working - voter couldn't vote. Polling places late opening. Voter access cards not accepted by the machines. Voter given incorrect e-ballot. Printer jams. Touch screen machines broken down. Voter card stuck in the machine. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Registration errors IL Cook County. Registration rolls incorrectly showed two voters had already voted. Another had registered when he renewed his driver's license and was not on the rolls, could not vote. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Wrong ballot IL Cook County. Voter was given a "Federal only" ballot, along with misinformation, and was only able to vote for the Congressional race. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction IN MicroVote Delaware County. MicroVote touch screen machines weren't operating at the start of the day in 75 precincts. Delaware County Clerk Karen Wenger says start cards that activate the machines for voters were programmed incorrectly by the company that installed the software. She says technicians are working with precincts one-by-one over the telephone to get the problem fixed. Delays have been as long as three hours. Story Archive Story2 Story3 Archive3

11/17/06 update. MicroVote supplies the machines and technical servics, programs the machines, tabulates the results, and even counts the provisional ballots. The County is considering "whether county election officials should program and tabulate vote results." Story

11/7/2006 Deceptive practices MD Prince George County. Inaccurate sample ballots describing Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Senate candidate Michael S. Steele as Democrats were handed out to voters in at least four polling sites in Prince George's County election day morning . Story
11/7/2006 E-pollbook MD Diebold Baltimore. Some Diebold electronic "voter check-in books" are not operating properly. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunctions MD Diebold Problems abound in Maryland. Story
11/7/2006 Poor design MD Diebold Annapolis. Election judges accidentally turned off the Diebold machines by using the wrong key card. Technicians were called in to fix the problem. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction MO ESS St. Louis County. Missourians for Honest Elections received news of two incidents in which ES&S iVotronic touch screen machines incorrectly recorded voters' intentions. These occurred at the Brentwood Community Center in St. Louis County. There have also been several verified reports from voters in St. Louis County who had this happen to them when trying vote absentee at the St. Louis County Board of Elections in Maplewood. Story
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction MO ESS St Louis County. ES&S iVotronics malfunctioned, causing long lines. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction MO ESS St. Louis County, Missouri. M100 optical scanners broke down at some polling places. Voters deposited their ballots in a box to be counted later. Archive
11/7/2006 Registration errors MO St Louis County. Registered voters weren't in the poll books, and poll workers had trouble getting through to the Board of Elections to verify eligibility. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Registration errors MO St Louis County. People who were recently registered weren't on the rolls and were given provisional ballots. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Too few ballots MO Diebold Jefferson County and Jasper County. Polling places ran out of ballots for the Diebold and Sequoia (respectively) scanners. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction MS Diebold Harrison County. Diebold touch screens break down, screens freeze, printers malfunction. Many of the 66 machines had to be replaced during the election. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction MS AVS Hinds County (Jackson). E-ballots offer the wrong candidate for House of Representatives, omit school board contest. Officials say the wrong WINVote "location card" was used. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction MS AVS Hinds County (Jackson). At Margaret Sherry Library on Popps Ferry Road, three of seven WINVote touch-screen machines were working while at D'Iberville Community Center, just four of 13 were working. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction MS Diebold Hancock County. Diebold TSx voting machines aren't working throughout the county. "I think all 26 had problems. Some precincts couldn't even open the doors because it takes the poll workers so long to get one vote a-matic up," Hancock County Circuit Clerk Pam Metzler said. "We've had major problems. We've had more problems in this election than any other election, and I've been here 30 years." Volunteers monitoring the election for the Center for Justice say it's been a mess all over. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction NJ Sequoia Montclair. Three Sequoia voting machines were not working when the polls opened. Voters had to vote provisional ballots. One was replaced. The other two were eventually started. Story
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction NJ Sequoia Middlesex, Hudson, Camden, Passaic and Union Counties. Sequoia Advantage voting machines are pre-voted for Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez. Republicans are having trouble changing the selection. Attorney General is investigating. Story Archive Story2 Archive2
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction NJ Sequoia Camden and Essex Counties. Undefined problems with 30 of the 700 Sequoia Advantage e-voting machines in Camden County. 25 of 600 didn't work properly in Essex County. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Deceptive practices OH Athens County. Prosecutor warns of fraudulent calls telling people their precinct had been changed. Story
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction OH Diebold Cuyahoga County. Forty-three of the county’s 573 voting places either failed to open on time or couldn’t get some or all of their electronic voting machines to work. Voters were turned away. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction OH Diebold Stark County. Diebold touch screens weren't working, and voters were told they would have to vote provisional ballots, which aren't counted until 10 days after the election. In some polling locations, voters had to touch the screen as many as 15 times to get it to register a vote. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Provisional ballots OH Diebold Cuyahoga County. Candice Hoke, director of Cleveland State’s Center for Election Integrity, said some of her public monitors reported that poll workers were incorrectly requiring some voters who used paper ballots to fill out a provisional voter form. Voting results for any of those forms won’t be counted until the official count begins 11 days after the election. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Registration errors OH Cuyahoga County. Voter's name wasn't on the rolls, even though he had a card telling him his polling place. County officials determined that he was classified as an inactive voter, even though he voted in the May primary. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Animosity at polls PA Voter in Allentown, PA, a registered independent, arrived at thepoll, showed his ID, and thenproceeded to smash 1 of the 2 voting machines with a paperweight! Story
11/7/2006 Deceptive practices PA Philadelphia. Voters were interfered with and told who to vote for. Story

One report: In wards 7, 19, 51 in Philly, PA, the crowds are going wild. Inside several voting locations, individuals have poured white out onto the polling books and the poll workers are allowing voters to go into the polls and vote without first registering. Several individuals are on hand demanding that voters vote straight Democrat. Story

11/7/2006 Election law PA Philadelphia. Official poll watcher barred from entering polling place. Video
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction PA ESS Cumberland County. A voter reports vote-switching on the iVotronics. Just returned from voting in Lemoyne, PA. Two of the five voting machines were not working. When asked why the machines were down, a poll worker said the two machines were automatically casting votes opposite of the ones selected. I believe the machines were called "VOTRONIC"
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction PA ESS Allegheny County. ES&S iVotronics were not working at seven polling places early on election day. 20 units were taken out of service. Some of the machines weren't "zeroing out", necessary to ensure that the electronic ballot box is empty. Story Archive Story2 Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction PA Hart InterCivic Lancaster County. Undefined malfunctions of eSlate machines, voter confusion over how to use them. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction PA ESS Lebanon County. iVotronic machines malfunction, causing voters to use paper ballots. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction PA Sequoia York County. A ninety-one year old woman who voted straight Democratic was surprised to find that the Sequoia Edge review screen showed she had cast a vote for Republican Rick Santorum. She was able to correct the ballot before casting it. 15 to 20 voting machines malfunctioned in the county: wires came loose inside some machines; others had been programmed with the wrong date. Story Archive
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