ES&S Op-Scans Yielding Different Results Each Time
ES&S Op-Scans 'Yielding Different
Results Each Time Same Ballots Run Through Machines' in MI
Failure Discovered During Pre-Election Testing on Systems Used Widely Throughout U.S.; Company Failed to Perform Maintenance
Letter Sent from County to Federal Officials Last Week; Has EAC Notified Other Jurisdictions as Per Their Federal Mandate?...
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) received this letter [PDF] well over a week ago from Oakland County, MI, concerning ES&S precinct-based optical-scan systems that "yielded different results each time" the "same ballots were run through the same machines"...
The issue is this - four of our communities
or eight percent - reported inconsistent vote totals during
their logic and accuracy testing with the ES&S machines. The
same ballots, run through the same machines, yielded
different results each time.
ES&S determined that the primary issue was dust and debris build-up on the sensors inside the M-100.
Unfortunately, they [local clerks] are prohibited from performing any maintenance/cleaning on the machines as it voids the warranties. ES&S has not performed any preventative maintenance under the state contract, since the machines were delivered three years ago.
This problem, discovered during pre-election "Logic & Accuracy" testing of the systems, would hardly be the first time that ES&S has failed to deliver on maintenance contracts, adversely affecting voters and election results in the bargain. We saw many similar problems during the 2006 primary election cycle. These precinct-based scanners are used throughout the nation, as ES&S is the nation's largest distributor of voting systems in the U.S.
The EAC received this letter a week ago, and we're trying to learn when it was finally posted to their website. But, more importantly, as they have a mandate via the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 to serve as a "clearinghouse" for such voting system problems, has the EAC sent a warning about this issue to any other jurisdictions where the same equipment or company is used?
-- John Gideon Co-Executive Director VotersUnite.Org www.votersunite.org
"To encourage citizen ownership of transparent, participatory democracy." The Creekside Declaration March 22, 2008