Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 09/20/04 - 09/21/04)

Honolulu, Hawaii. September, 2004. Hart Intercivic.
eSlate malfunctioned when battery was low.

Precincts offered both optical scan ballots and new eSlate paperless machines. eSlate malfunctions disenfranchised at least one voter. Most people chose not to use the eSlates.*

Greg Hogue said ... the machine flashed a low battery indicator after he selected his party. The machine then flashed a "cast ballot" indicator and his ballot was accepted before he was able to vote for anyone.

"I really wanted to vote," he said. But after two hours of conversations with precinct officials and state elections officials, he was not allowed to fill out a back-up paper ballot and not allowed to re-do his electronic vote. ...

[Office of Elections spokesman Rex] Quidilla said he was not familiar with Hogue's case. But that some problems with a new voting system were to be expected. He said early reports from precincts indicated that few people used the machines.

* Voter Turnout Weak in Isles. Star Bulletin. September 19, 2004. By Craig Gima and Leila Fujimori.

See: Hart Intercivic in the News

... the system we have for testing and certifying
voting equipment in this country
is not only broken, but is virtually nonexistent.
~ Michael Shamos
to the U.S. House Science subcommittee
on June 24, 2004