Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 11/15/04)

LaPorte County, Indiana. November, 2004. ES&S.
Software reports 300 voters in every precinct.

The electronic voting machines reported 300 votes in every precinct, eliminating over 50,000 voters.*

At about 7 p.m. Tuesday, it was noticed that the first two or three printouts from individual precinct reports all listed an identical number of voters. Each precinct was listed as having 300 registered voters. That means the total number of voters for the county would be 22,200, although there are actually more than 79,000 registered voters.

The problem still wasn’t fixed two days after the election.**

LaPorte County Clerk Lynne Spevak told the Herald-Argus this morning that her office is waiting to receive a computer program from Chicago-based Election Systems and Software that should correct the problem.

* Worse Than 2000: Tuesday's Electoral Disaster. November 8, 2004. By William Rivers Pitt. Original article can be purchased.

** Voter turnout still not known. Herald Argus. November 4, 2004. By Kori Kamradt, County Reporter.

See: 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