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WV Finds Programming Error Day Before Early Voting

WV Finds Programming Error on Day Before Early Voting Begins

Problem Not Found in Previous Public 'Logic & Accuracy' Testing...

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

From the Charleston Daily Mail...

On the eve of early voting, problems with the general election ballots are causing Kanawha County [West Virginia] officials to conduct an emergency test of its voting machines.

On Monday, the Secretary of State's office notified the County Clerk's office of a problem in the programming cards used in the [ES&S] M100 machines.
...
"If a person votes a straight party ticket, then deviates from the party in the Supreme Court section, the machine still counts the vote as a full straight ticket, Carper said.
...
The county had a mandatory public test of the machines last week.

This last sentence is important. The county, and apparently other counties around the state, had already done their Logic and Accuracy testing and they had failed to find this problem. Thus the L&A testing was not thorough enough to find problems in the ballot programming done by ES&S. Of course, there is another question and that is who did the L&A testing? The county? Or ES&S?

And, as we've implored recently, do not use the straight-party ticket option when voting! Machines have failed across the country, in state after state, to count such votes accurately!

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ENDS

John Gideon
Executive Director www.votersunite.org and
Information Manager www.votetrustusa.org

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