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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
1/12/2008 Machine malfunction NH Diebold Hanover, Exeter, Nashua, and Manchester Counties. Problems with the Premier (Diebold) optical scan machines reported by the officials in all four counties. Break down of the visor that guides write-in votes into the right bin, and memory card failures. Story
11/12/2007 Machine malfunction CT Diebold East Haven. A hand recounted, required because of the slim margin in the mayoral race, showed about a 40 vote discrepancy from the optical scanner count (out of about 8,000 ballots cast). Compounding the issue is the fact that there were over 100 ballots more than voters who signed in to vote. Story Archive Story2 Archive2
11/7/2007 Machine malfunction FL Diebold Sarasota County. Scanners broke down at three precincts. One man said the scanner rejected his ballot four times before a poll worker took it to be scanned later. Story Archive
11/7/2007 Machine malfunction OH Diebold Cuyahoga County (Cleveland). Counting was delayed because of "a problem with the computer server that uploads totals from memory cards". Story Archive

Another article says, "The system went down twice Tuesday, each time for about a half-hour. After that, election officials decided to take the server down every forty-five minutes on their own, and then restart it ten minutes later." Story Archive

11/6/2007 Machine malfunction CO Diebold Weld County. TSx voting machines displayed the wrong ballot in voting centers across the county. Poll workers distributed paper ballots until the problem was fixed around 9:15 am. Story Archive Story2 Archive2
11/6/2007 Machine malfunction GA Diebold Fulton County. In the new city of Chattahoochee Hill Country, the TSx electronic voting machines malfunctioned, and after trying for about an hour, the city reverted to using paper ballots for the day's elections. By 8:30 the machines were fixed. Story Archive
11/3/2007 Machine malfunction FL Diebold Florida. Diebold memory cards -- used in precinct optical scanners -- fail at rates as high as 9.2% and 9.4% in some counties. Failures have caused vote losses in the past. Diebold will inspect all the machines in Florida, but only those in Florida if they do not receive complaints from other states. Story Archive
8/11/2007 Machine malfunction IA Diebold In the Iowa Straw Poll, "About 1,500 ballots needed to be recounted, said Mary Tiffany, a spokeswoman for Republican Party of Iowa.

"Two machines caused the problem, said State Auditor David Vaudt. “What likely happened is someone submitted their ballot too quickly after the other,” he said. The ballots from those machines were hand counted, then re-fed into the system to recalculate the vote. A campaign poll-watcher said in one instance, a black box contained 500 paper ballots but the machine’s memory said it had scanned in 498." Story

5/17/2007 Machine malfunction TX Diebold Wise County. Two out of three Diebold touch screen machines malfunction. One of them lost 38 votes, which even Diebold cannot retrieve. Aurora city may have to hold a new election. Story Archive
3/20/2007 Machine malfunction OH Diebold Montgomery County (Dayton). Vote-flipping in official testing. Responding to the complaints of voters in the 2006 election, officials tested 62 touch screen machines and found that 33 of them recorded votes incorrectly. 14 were unable to be fixed and were shipped back to Diebold. Story Archive
3/9/2007 Machine malfunction OH Diebold Montgomery County. A legal rights advocacy group wants Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to investigate complaints from about 20 voters that Montgomery County's touch screen electronic voting machines changed their votes during the November election. Story Archive Story2 Archive2
3/8/2007 Machine malfunction CA Diebold Kern County - McFarland. City residents voted on Tuesday for mayor and two city council members, but still no one has been elected. The results are in, but multiple counts have produced different results. City officials said they do not know when those issues will be cleared up. Story Archive
12/7/2006 Machine malfunction OH Diebold Fairfield County. An error in the tabulation process caused results to be reported incorrectly. A month after the election Diebold informed Fairfield County that a change had been needed because Issue 1 had been removed from the ballots of the touchscreens. After processing the results correctly, the tabulator reported changes that reversed the outcomes of three issue contests. Diebold had informed some other county elections boards that purchased voting machines from the company of the modification, but failed to alert Fairfield County. Story Archive
11/22/2006 Malfeasance UT Diebold Utah County. Without understanding the differences in database formats, county IT personnel used the current version to program the Diebold touch screen memory cards and and a backup version to program the memory card encoders. The formats were slightly different. "That mismatch prevented a ballot from being called up on the touchscreen voting machines, said Diebold spokesman David Bear." Apparently, the county officials didn't test the system before using it, or the mismatch would have been detected. Voters were left waiting in long lines, and some were turned away from the polls. Story Archive
11/10/2006 Machine malfunction CA Diebold Mendocino County. Diebold memory cards were corrupted, losing votes counted on optical scanners. Ballots will be recounted in the canvass process. Story Archive
11/9/2006 Machine malfunction AK Diebold Anchorage. Diebold memory cards malfunctioned. Story Archive
11/9/2006 Machine malfunction GA Diebold Bibb County. Vote-switching on Diebold touch screens. Malfunctioning machine taken out of service. Story Archive
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 ME Diebold Waterville. Diebold scanners malfunction. Results show 27,000 votes in a town with 11,000 registered voters. 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 Diebold San Joachin County. Diebold touch screens malfunctioned and polling places ran out of English ballots. Story Archive
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 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
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction CA Diebold San Diego County. Diebold e-voting machine malfunctions were reported in many polling places across the county, mainly in the early hours after the polls opened at 7 a.m. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Machine malfunction FL Diebold Duval County. In Woodlawn precinct, the Diebold scanner that counted the votes from the ballots was not working. Story Archive
11/7/2006 Wrong ballot FL Diebold Volusia County and Osceola County. Hundreds of voters were given the ballots for the wrong district. Story Archive
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 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 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 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 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 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
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