Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 10/29/04)

Bernalillo County, New Mexico. 2002-2004. Sequoia.
Tally software adds thousands of phantom votes.

Tally software has added false votes to several elections in the last two years.*

The unresolved issue of phantom votes in Bernalillo County apparently dates back several elections over two years. County Clerk Mary Herrera acknowledged Monday that bogus votes have appeared in at least three elections.

She says the problem began when the county purchased new election software for the vote tally machines it uses on election night.

In one case, nearly four thousand phantom votes were added to just one race.

However, the clerk says her vote-counting experts have always found the phantom votes before they were added to the final tally.

In June 2004, Herrera sent an emergency request for help to Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron. Her office says it will help Bernalillo county fix the problem after this year's election.

Vendors have been blaming it on communications, but in spite of efforts to fix the problem, Herrera still does not know whatís causing it.**

* County clerk say phantom votes won't be a problem. KRQE Albuquerque. October 26, 2004.

** Video is here.

See: Sequoia in the News

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