Voting Machine Mess-up

Medford, Wisconsin. March, 2005. ES&S.
ES&S programming error lost over 25% of the votes in the 2004 election.

Four and a half months after the election, a consulting firm discovered that ES&S had programmed the optical scanners incorrectly, failing to account for partisan elections.*

That failure meant that the votes of everyone who voted straight ticket - anyone who voted only for candidates of a single party - were not counted. In all, about 600 of 2,256 ballots cast were not counted, [Taylor County Clerk Bruce] Strama said.

... Medford and Taylor County officials have been told by Nebraska-based Election Systems & Software that the city will be reimbursed for the costs of setting up the vote-counting machine in the fall because the program was faulty. A spokeswoman said the company takes full responsibility for the error.

* About 600 Medford ballots cast in November ignored. Marshfield News-Herald. March 12, 2004. By Jake Rigdon.

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