June 8, 2009

SOFTWARE GLITCH CAUSES COUNTING ERROR

MANY PEOPLE are under the impression that only touch screen voting devices make tabulation mistakes. The truth is that computer technology counts most, if not all, votes in America and anytime technology is used in an election process there could be errors. That is why thorough auditing of election results election is so important.

In a Rapid City, South Dakota election last week (I lived for about a year in Rapid City) an ES&S Automark voting machine added nearly 5,000 ballots to the election night tally. The error was discovered after a manual audit was conducted because election officials were suspicious of the high turnout numbers.

City Finance Officer Jim Preston said, "They're machines. I've learned not to trust them. We have so many checks and balances we go through."

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