Friday, November 05, 2004

Florida redux after all?

The reality of e-voting shenanigans that everyone feared has begun to trickle in. Apparently a voting machine in Franklin county recorded 4,258 votes for Bush in a precinct where there were only 638 total votes cast. One wonders: if this is discovered to be a consistent error pattern throughout the state, will the reduced total for Bush be enough to push Kerry over the top? Realistically, probably not; but I still believe in a place called Hope.

I'm including the entire article because it's short and the Columbus Dispatch requires registration. You can get a bugmenot sign-in and read the original article here.
Computer error at voting machine gives Bush 3,893 extra votes

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A computer error with a voting machine cartridge gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in a Gahanna precinct.

Franklin County's unofficial results gave Bush 4,258 votes to Democratic challenger John Kerry's 260 votes in Precinct 1B. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct.

Matthew Damschroder, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, said Bush received 365 votes there. The other 13 voters who cast ballots either voted for other candidates or did not vote for president.

Damschroder said he received some calls Thursday from people who saw the error when reading the list of poll results on the election board's Web site.

He said the error would have been discovered when the official canvass for the election is performed later this month.

Damschroder said after Precinct 1B closed, a cartridge from one of three voting machines at the polling place generated a faulty number at a computerized reading station.

The reader also recorded zero votes in a county commissioner race.

Damschroder said the cartridge was retested Thursday and there were no problems. He couldn't explain why the computer reader malfunctioned.

Workers checked the cartridge against memory banks in the voting machine Thursday and each showed that 115 people voted for Bush on that machine. With the other machines, the total for Bush in the precinct added up to 365 votes.


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