posted on Nov, 8 2004 @ 02:55 PM
The software used in electronic voting machines in Broward county
shipped with an odd limitation, 32,000 votes. It
seems the software had a ceiling of 32,000 votes per precinct. While that may seem like enough of a problem, once machines reached 32,000 votes, they
started counting backward with each new vote!
Why a voting system would be designed to count backward was a mystery to Broward County Mayor Ilene Lieberman. She was on the phone late Wednesday
with Omaha-based Elections Systems and Software.
Bad numbers showed up only in running tallies through the day, not the final one. Final tallies were reached by cross-checking machine totals, and
officials are confident they are accurate.
The glitch affected only the 97,434 absentee ballots, Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes said. All were placed in their own precincts and
optical scanners totaled votes, which were then fed to a main computer.
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While it appears as though this only effected absentee ballots (what a relief), this is one known
error of a massively inept kind. How many
more could there be we don't know about?