Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 07/08/04)

Ascension Parish and Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. November, 2002.
ES&S Votronic paperless voting machines malfunction

Over 200 of the ES&S machines (about 20%) malfunctioned on election day overheating, locking up, and even shutting down while a voter was voting. According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, the state committee that chose ES&S ignored the wishes of local officials, who preferred another system.

[Ascension Parish Clerk of Court Hart] Bourque said his staff was on the road repairing machines from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. In one case, a machine wasn't repaired until 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"A mechanic would fix a machine, and before he could get back to the office, it would shut down again," Bourque said.

"Unless we find a solution, next fall there's no way we can vote the people," Bourque said.

"I'm shaking in my boots about next fall's election," he said.*

If the machines had worked satisfactorily, they were to be purchased for the whole state. Louisiana didn't purchase them for the whole state.

* Voting machine glitches worrisome in 2 parishes. The Advocate Online News. November 7, 2002. By John McMillan and Bob Anderson.

See: ES&S in the News

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of the touch-screen systems that we have, the DREs.
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