Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: Enough with the E-Voting, Please!

Friday, November 05, 2004

Enough with the E-Voting, Please!

I'm not going to start conspiracy theories about the election, that would be extreme. However, after reading this it becomes apparent that many experts were correct in their pre-election assessments that electronic polling machines are more trouble than they're worth.

Today's Boston Globe:

An error with an electronic voting system gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said.
Sean Greene, research director with the nonpartisan Election Reform Information Project, said that while the glitch appeared minor "that could change if more of these stories start coming out."
In one North Carolina county, more than 4,500 votes were lost in this election because officials mistakenly believed a computer that stored ballots electronically could hold more data than it did.

And in San Francisco, a malfunction with custom voting software could delay efforts to declare the winners of four races for county supervisor.

Here for the full article.