E-voting screws up elections in Chicago, Texas

I. Illinois

Voting machine woes force ballot backup
By John McCormick and James Janega, Tribune staff reporters.
Published March 22, 2006

A high-tech voting system in Chicago and suburban Cook County provided plenty of frustration and confusion for voters during its first test Tuesday, as election officials dealt with missing power cords and ballots, jammed equipment and broken electronic voting machines.

The problems left some pining for the old days, even if they included the notorious punch-card ballot.

“It was easier to worry about hanging chads,” said Daniel Fore, an election judge in Oak Park.

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II. Texas

San Angelo Standard-Times
Court-at-law recount suspended
Electronic machines not providing all info
By Paul A. Anrthony
March 21, 2006

On orders from the Texas Secretary of State’s office, the recount for the Tom Green County Court-at-Law No. 2 race has been suspended midway through its second day.

About 1:30 p.m. today, county Republican Chairman Dennis McKerley stopped the recount after workers found discrepancies of as much as 20 percent between what was counted Monday and what was reported Election Night.

“We’re having some trouble with the electronic equipment,” McKerley said.

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