Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 11/04/04)

Carteret County, North Carolina. November, 2004. Unilect.
Memory limitation on DRE caused over 4500 votes to be permanently lost.

Unilect claimed their paperless voting machines would store 10,500 votes, but they only store 3,005. After the first 3,005 voters, the machines accepted -- but did not store -- the ballots of 4,530 people in the 2004 Presidential election.*

Jack Gerbel, president and owner of Dublin-Calif.-based UniLect, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the county's elections board was given incorrect information. There is no way to retrieve the missing data, he said.

"That is the situation and it's definitely terrible," he said.

* Computer loses more than 4,000 early votes in Carteret. Charlotte Observer. November 4, 2004. Associated Press.

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