After optically scanning absentee ballots in a Republican Primary on Tuesday in Pottawattamie County, a popular, long-time incumbent was trailing a first-time college student candidate by 20 votes. Since that seemed odd, the County Auditor decided to count the absentee ballots by hand and indeed found that the incumbent had won the count instead!… By 128 votes instead of having lost it by 20!
Anybody beginning to get this yet? (…thump, thump…is this thing on?…)
In this case, the new optical scan computers being used for the first time were reportedly made by ES&S. (The ones used in Busby’s San Diego race were made by Diebold).