KY: 108 Hart InterCivic Voting Machines Removed
KY: 108 Hart InterCivic Voting Machines
Removed from Service by Judge
Order Follows Straight-Party Ballot Failures Reported to be Affecting 'Tightly Contested State Senate Race'...
"More than 100 voting machines in Kenton County have been shut down on a judge's order" after they failed to properly register straight-party votes in Kentucky.
The failed machines are Hart InterCivic eSlate DREs (Direct Recording Electronic devices, usually touch-screen, though Hart's machines use a wheel and a button instead of a touch-screen). These are the same machines which Hart spokesman Peter Lichtenheld had previously argued could not lose or flip votes after they were similarly reported to have not been recording straight-ticket ballots correctly in Houston last week. Details from WLWT, a local KY NBC affiliate, follow...
Kenton Co. Orders 108 Voting Machines Shut Down
More than 100 voting machines in Kenton County have been shut down on a judge's order.
Secretary of State spokesman Les Fugate said at least two machines in Kenton County weren't properly registering straight-ticket votes.
The malfunctions could impact the tightly contested state Senate race between incumbent Republican Jack Westwood of Crescent City and Democrat Kathy Groop, an activist with a public relations background.
Fugate said Kenton County Clerk of Court Rodney Eldredge opted to go before a judge to decide how to handle the problem.
Shortly before 11 a.m., the judge ordered that 108 eSlate machines be turned off.
UPDATE: Cincinnati.com has a bit more...