Voting Machine Mess-up

Crittenden County, Arkansas. November, 2004. Diebold
More than 11% of the optical scan ballots failed to register a vote for president.*

1,853 of the county's 17,284 voters had selected more than one presidential candidate. Another 131 ballots were counted as having no checkmarks for president.

About one in every eight ballots cast in Crittenden County failed to register a choice for president.

Unusual ballot design elements and ballot programming errors may have contributed to the problems, but Secretary of State Charlie Daniels refused to allow a manual recount of the ballots.

Regardless of the cause of overvotes in Crittenden County, there was no justification for conducting a recount, according to Tim Humphries, staff counsel to Arkansas Secretary of State Charlie Daniels.

"There is no authority under the Arkansas Code for a recount after the election has been certified," Humphries said. "The law says if there is to be a recount, it must happen before then."

* Election study finds widespread ballot-counting problems. Scripps Howard News Service. December 20, 2004. By THOMAS HARGROVE.

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