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Touch-Screens In SC Omit Candidates, Races

ES&S Touch-Screens in SC Omit Candidates, Races on Final Voter Review Screen

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

According to today's Island Packet voters on Hilton Head Island (Beaufort County), South Carolina discovered that some races were missing on the final review screen of the ES&S iVotronic touch-screen voting machines, at the end of the voting process, after voters completed their selections...

She [voter Nancy Roe] said she clicked on all her choices --- including two candidates for Bluffton Town Council.

But when she reviewed her selections before actually casting the ballot, she noticed that her two picks for the Bluffton Town Council did not register. Her husband had the same problem.

With the assistance of a Hilton Head employee, the two attempted to re-cast their ballots. Again, it didn't work.

They resolved the problem by casting paper ballots for the council race, Nancy Roe said.

"I'm real political, so I checked the ballot," she said. "If I had only given it a quick glance and punched 'vote,' I never would've known."

During the South Carolina primary, as The BRAD BLOG reported at the time, ES&S iVotronics in at least one county failed to work at all, leading to voters scrambling to cast votes on scraps of paper, and even paper towels! Here we have another instance of South Carolina election officials failing to do required pre-election testing. These instances should never happen but they are happening all too often in this state that relies heavily on their failed voting system vendor.

Last week, the same ES&S iVotronic touch-screens were reported to have been flipping votes in two WV counties, and yesterday, in one TN county. We'll have another report, on votes flipping on ES&S iVotronics in yet another TN county today shortly. [Update: That story now here...]

In August of 2007 --- in time to actually do something about it --- HDNet ran a scathing investigative exposé (video here) on the very same ES&S iVotronics, the terrible quality-control practices in use at their sweatshop in The Philippines and the tendency of the machines to break down and flip votes. The report was almost entirely ignored by the entirety of the rest of the media.

It's time to get these machines the hell out of service.



John Gideon
Co-Executive Director

"To encourage citizen ownership of transparent, participatory democracy." The Creekside Declaration March 22, 2008

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