Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 10/18/04)

Florida. 2004 election. Day 1.
Three counties started early voting with ballot and machine problems.

Shortly after the start of early voting on October 18, irregularities were reported in Palm Beach, Broward, and Orange Counties.*

In Palm Beach County, the center of the madness during the recount four years ago, a Democratic state legislator said she wasn't given a complete absentee ballot when she asked to opt for paper instead of the electronic touch-screen machines.

... In Orange County, the computers went down for about 10 minutes shortly after voting began, said Margaret Dunn, the senior deputy elections supervisor. She said she did not know what caused the problem, but speculated a faulty Internet connection may have been to blame.

In Broward County, several of the 14 sites had trouble linking the laptop computers at polling stations with the supervisor's office, said Jenny Nash, a spokeswoman at the Secretary of State Glenda Hood's office. The computers are used to confirm voter eligibility. Workers used paper lists and called the supervisor's office in Fort Lauderdale to verify eligibility, Nash said.

* E-Voting Still a Florida Bugaboo. Wired News. October 18, 2004. Associated Press.

See: Sequoia in the News and ES&S in the News

News stories make it rapidly apparent that
electronic voting is not reliable, accurate, or secure.
Any one who claims otherwise is either uninformed or deceptive.
~ Joseph Holder