Thursday, November 16, 2006

One person, two votes

Because of some issues with Ocean County's new electronic voting machines, supplied by voting machine maker Sequoia Voting Systems, Superior Court Judge Frank Buczynski Jr. ordered the Ocean County election board to proceed with a recheck of every digital voting machine used in the November 7 general election.

What was the problem?
County election officials suspect a software update from Sequoia came with a fault that doubled the count of about 150 ballots cast on a single Barnegat machine, then added 75 votes from that unit to a vote tally in a Lakewood district.
Yeah, you read that right. The voting machine (and/or its software) double counted 150 votes cast in one district and then added 75 votes to a district located in another town. Amazing technology we've got!

They should check Hudson County's machines next.

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