Voting Machine Mess-up Du Jour (Displayed 12/08/04)

Lake County, Illinois. April, 2003. ES&S.
Ballot programming errors caused 4 incorrect results.

Machines provided incorrect outcomes for 4 races in Lake County.*

The problem was caused by a programming error that failed to account for "no candidate" listings in some races on the ballot, Clerk Willard Helander said Thursday. As a result, election results were placed next to the names of the wrong candidates in four different races, including in Waukegan's 9th Ward.

Incorrect results also were tabulated in races for the Libertyville Community High School District 128 Board, the North Chicago Community Unit District 187 Board and the Foss Park District Board in North Chicago.

The clerk's office corrected the problem shortly after 10 p.m. on election night. But by then, many people who had kept track of the results on the clerk's online Web site believed the unofficial results were complete.

... Helander blamed the problem on Election Systems & Software, the Omaha company in charge of operating the county's optical-scan voting machines. She said a company official told her the programmers were unaware the county would have "no candidate" listings on its ballot.

* Returns are in: Software goofed Lake County tally misled 15 hopefuls. (reproduced) Chicago Tribune; April 4, 2003; By Susan Kuczka, Tribune staff reporter.

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