Electoral snafu in Pennsylvania

From Bo Lipari:

A problem with Sequoia Advantage DREs in Pennsylvania, similar to recent problems in Cook County Illinois. Notice the article suffers from common media misrepresentations – failures are always called “glitches”, errors are always “minor” (as in, “wouldn’t have affected the outcome of the election”), and it doesn’t discuss the potential impact of the problem (cast votes have disappeared and can not be retrieved).

Note also that this particular “test” involved casting only 12 votes, which is not a real test, but even then the cards carrying the vote totals were corrupted.


Minor glitch found in Allegheny County voting machines

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Expert tricks county’s new electronic system but calls the problem a minor one
By Tracie Mauriello, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG — After four hours of testing yesterday, a glitch was found in the voting system Allegheny County is planning to use in the May 16 primary.

“So far, it’s not fatal,” said Michael Shamos, the Carnegie Mellon University professor who will recommend whether the system should be certified in Pennsylvania.

“You do have some diagnosing to do,” he told representatives of Sequoia Voting Systems, the Oakland, Calif.-based manufacturer of the AVC Advantage voting machines tested yesterday.

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