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Sarpy County Recount (Nebraska)
3,000 phantom votes detected
November 5, 2004
Source: Channel Six Omaha NE WOWT,
available at

As many as 10,000 phantom votes were added in 32 of 80 precincts
when a machine error doubled the votes during counting.

Broward Vote-Counting Blunder (Florida)
Changes Amendment Result
November 4, 2004
Source: Channel 4 WJXT Florida,
available at

Vote tabulation software changes amendment results when the
maximum capacity of 32,000 is reached, and the software begins
to subtract votes.


Three Council Of State Races (North Carolina)
Remain Undecided
November 4, 2004

A voting machine loses more than 4,000 votes leaving three races
including the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the state
Agriculture Commissioner’s race in doubt.


Initial report undersold e-vote snafus (California)
August 3, 2005
Source: Oakland Tribune

The Secretary of State’s test of Diebold’s TSx voting system
recorded that almost 20 percent of the touchscreen machines
crashed during the election simulation. Based on the voting
systems performance California refused to certify the use of
Diebold’s TSX voting system in public elections.


Computer error at voting machine (Ohio)
gives Bush 3,893 extra votes

Date: November 5, 2004
Source: Akron Becon Journal

Bush received 4,258 votes to Democratic challenger John Kerry's
260 votes in Precinct 1B, which only showed 638 voters cast ballots
in that precinct.


Broward Vote-Counting Blunder (Florida)
Changes Amendment Result
Date: November 4, 2004
Source: Channel 4 WJXT Florida

A limit of 32,000 in the vote counting capacity for absentee ballot
tabulation using ES&S software caused votes to be subtracted once
that limit had been reached This error resulted in the wrong result
being reported on a ballot, which showed a 166,000 margin or victory
instead of what has been reported as a 240,000 vote margin of victory
for Amendment 4. The error had been known for 2 years, but not


Three Council Of State Races Remain Undecided (North Carolina)
Date: November 4, 2004

Another vote tabulation error recored in Yadkin County, which
double counted about 1,000 votes followingTuesday's election.


Winner so far: Confusion (North Carolina)
Date: November 5, 2004
Source: The Charlotte Observer

Writer: Mark Johnson

Guilford County vote tabulation error's correction increased
Kerry's numbers by 22,000 votes.


County's software woes cause undervote (Texas)
Date: November 4, 2004
Source: Fort Worth Star Telegraph
Writer: Bill Hanna

Error in Wichita County's punch-card tabulation machines was
causing undervoting by as much as 20 percent in the presiden-
tial race.


State's touch-screen machines receive mostly positive reviews (Maryland)
Date: November 3, 2004
Source: Baltimore Sun

Writer: Stephanie Desmon

Poll observers report that vote counts did not match poll
check-in numbers in all electronic voting.


County Responds to Voting Machine Problems
Date: October 22, 2004
Source: Austin Chronicle
Writer: Lee Nicholes

Travis County election officials address complaints that voters
casting straight-party Democratic ballots are discovering, upon
completing the ballot process that their votes for president have been
changed from Kerry/Edwards to Bush/Cheney. Election officials
have been attempting to repeat the error, but have been unsuc-
cessful and have concluded the problem must be voter error.

McKeithen says he’ll investigate N.O.’s missing voting machines (Louisiana)
Date published: September 20, 2004
Sources The Associate Press

New Orleans (AP) – Nine hour delay in voting equipment delivery
potentially disenfranchised thousands of in the City of New Orleans
on primary election day September 18, 2004. Electronic voting
machines were delivered up to 9 hours late to 52 polling.

Computer Glitch Stalls Hillsborough Results (Florida)
Date published: September 1, 2004
Sources Tampa Tribune

Hillsborough’s results stalled for hours while election officials
struggled with a computerized counting system malfunction.
The problem was blamed on some changes that had been
made to the computer system, but the Election Supervisor
Buddy Johnson said, “Our server slowed down. We’re not
really sure why. I have no lack of confidence. It’s not broken.”

Wrong Time for an E-Vote Glitch (California)
Date Published: August 12, 2004
Source Wired News
Kim Zetter,2645,64569,00.html

During Sequoia Voting Systems demonstration of its new
paper-trail electronic voting system for state Senate staffers
in California the paper trail failed to record votes that testers
cast on the machine.

Orange County Supervisors’ Committee to Study Election Problems;
Date Published: March 17, 2004
Source: Los Angeles Times
Writer: Stuart Pfeifer

Orange County California’s new computerized voting system,
and balloting problems impacted more than 7,000 voters who
cast ballots in the wrong precincts during the primary election.

Lost E-votes Could Flip Napa Race
Date Published: March 12, 2004
Source: Wired News,1283,62655,00.html
Writer: Kim Zetter

Electronic voting machines used in the California Primary
failed to record votes on some of its paper ballots, which will require
rescanning of optical paper ballots.
Atlantis Candidate Wants Recount
Date Published: March 13, 2004
Source: Palm Beach Post
Writer: George Bennett

There was only one paper absentee ballot to inspect following
the narrow 413-409 between the two candidates. Their election
was conducted on paperless DRE voting machines and after the
mandatory recount the result remained the same, with 42 choices<
registered as “undervotes.” Florida State Law requires that all
undervotes be inspected by hand, but with paperless voting there
is nothing to inspect.

Computer Voting Snags
Date Published: March 12, 2004
Source: Los Angeles Times
Writers: Stuart Pfeifer and Ray F. Herndon

In a race with only five votes separating the victor and the loser
the a review by the LA Times found that as many as 18 illegal
votes were cast in that race by voters who were given the wrong
ballot access cards during the California Primary Election.

Software Glitch Plagues New Voting Machines
Date: June 15, 2004
Source: Channel 2 WESH, Florida

During tests of some voting machines they failed to provide
consistent log of who voted for whom. This problem of ballot
accounting was identified over a year ago. This problem is
associated with all voting equipment made by Election Systems
and Software (ES&S) out of Omaha, Neb. State officials said
that some of the machine’s serial numbers fail to register in a
post election ballot count. There solution is to plug these
malfunctioning machines into another computer. There are
11 Florida counties using ES&S voting machines.

County Struggles with voting quandary (Indiana)
Source: Daily Journal News Editor

Bryan Corbin

Johnson County Election Board members were misled twice
by Election Systems & Software (ES&S ) when it claimed that
it was not using unapproved versions of software on voting
machines. A similar conflict happened in Indianapolis, when
Marion County Clerk Doris Anne Sandler charged that ES&S
had lied to her about swapping out the uncertified software
on its optical-scan voting machines.

Exec’s Indictment Hits Oakland vote Firm (Louisiana)

Date: November 16, 2001
Source: San Francisco Business Times
Writer: Jon Rhine

Sequoia CEO Peter Cosgrove has been indicted in connection
with kickbacks to an election official in Louisiana. This news is
jeopardizing millions of dollars in bids for voting equipment
contracts with 11 Florida counties.

Voters turned away by glitches: 200 Alameda County
Precincts encounter problems (California)
Date: March 5, 2004
Source: Contra Costa Times (CA)
Writers: Thomas Peele and Sam Richards

Glitches with encoders turned voters away from polling places
in Alameda and San Diego counties because of malfunctions.
The problems effected 25 polling locations in Alameda County
turning away between 50 and 100 voters. Paper ballots were
used as a backup but there were not enough to accommodate
all of the voters who came to vote. Diebold the voting equipment
manufacturer blamed a power surge for the problems.

E-Voting Machine Drop More Ballots (North Carolina)

Date: February 9, 2004
Source: Wired News:,2645,62206,00.html
Writer: Kim Zetter

Six electronic touch-screen voting machines lost a total of 436
ballots in North Carolina during early voting in 2002 general
election because of a software problem. The problem with the
Election System & Software iVotronic system was that it falsely
sensed that its memory was full and refused to take additional
input. While the machines displayed an error message they did
not prevent voters from continuing to cast ballots.

ES&S Project Manager Resigns Over Voting Machine Problems

Date: May 11, 2004
Source: WISH TV

Wendy Orange resigned from Election Systems Software (ES&S)
because she said the company was aware of software problems
with their voting machines but were hiding them. “In her letter of
resignation, Orange said she found the corporate philosophy at
ES&S to embody unethical and disreputable practices”

Here we go again: Confusion reigns in sequel to 2000 election (Florida)
Date: September 11, 2002
Source: Miami Herald
Writers: Martin Merzer, Joni James and Alfonso Chardy

After two years and $125 million the problems still exist in Florida's
elections system. Everything from polls not opening on time due
to e-voting machine problems, to poll workers abandoning their
poll location two hours before the close of the election brought
headaches to county and state election officials. As in the 2000
Election the most difficulty in voting was experienced by African
American voters in Borward and Miami Dade Counties. Statistics
68 precincts were not open by 9:45 AM, 45 were only at half capacity,
by 4:00 PM all polls were open, but some still had malfunctioning
machines, recheck of voting machines finds thousands of uncounting
votes, and faulty equipment at several regional vote tabulation centers
caused slowed counting of ballots. Also see: Evan S. Benn and Elena
Cabral "Broward vote total short by 104,000 in reporting glitch,
" see: Miami Herald, 11/7/2002

County tries to prevent more ballot problems (Texas)

Date: October 24, 2002
Source: Dallas Morning News
Writer: Ed Housewright

Eighteen voting machines were pulled out of early voting in one Texas
County after complaints that the selection of candiates on the final
review screen for touch-screen voting machines was different from
voter choices.

Chip glitch hands vitory to wrong candiate (Texas)

Date: November 7, 2002
Source: Associated Press

A chip defect gave the victory in a Scurry County Texas election to the
wrong candidate. Local county election officials became suspecious of
the margin of victory when the race recorded a landslid victory for the
Republican challenger for a county office. A new computer chip was
flown in from Dallas and the ballots were retabulated with the result
recording a victory for the democratic candidate who had conceded
the race until being informed of the error.

2,180 Fulton (County) ballots found late (Georgia)
Date: November 8, 2002
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
Writers: Ty Tagami and Duane Stanford

The total from election night was wrong by over 2,000 votes due
to sixty-seven misplaced memory cards. Other Georgia counties
that misplaced memory cards were Bibb and Glynn Counties,
which were located the next day and counted in the final tally for
the election.

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