December 5, 2008

Wrong Results Certified - Audit Might Be In Order

Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Carolyn Crnich has made a significant contribution to election transparency. She posts images of all ballots cast on the Internet - along with sorting software, so that anyone with a home computer can conduct their own recount.

Results from November's election were posted online and it was discovered that almost 200 ballots were inexplicably dropped from the final election results that were certified to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. Crnich said that the error could be traced back to a problem with Diebold GEMS software (the company is now called Premier Election Solutions) the county uses to count votes.

Perhaps the Secretary of State should call on all California counties that use the same software to conduct a post election audit of certified results? If it happened once, what are the chances that it happened in other jurisdictions?

Maybe the chances of that happening are not that high but who knows?

Congratulations to Registrar Crnich for her creativity and thanks go to the good citizens of Humboldt County who put in their own time and energy to recount ballots - and discovered this problem.

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