Right after the elections, the Orange County elections office Web site showed that Kerry had won over Bush in that county by 9,227. But officials
working for the Orange elections supervisor said the correct totals, which are available elsewhere on the site, show that Kerry won by only 827 votes.
The 8,400 extra votes were caused by an error when counting the votes precint by precint.
The cause of the error, Orange officials said Thursday, was a software program that could not tabulate more than 32,767 votes in a single precinct.
On election night, officials anticipated the problem and adjusted for it, deputy election official Lonn Fluke said Thursday.
But the next day, workers failed to account for the glitch while posting precinct results online. When absentee-ballot totals exceeded the limit in
one precinct, the software caused additional votes to be subtracted from Bush's total.
A similar discrepancy affected vote totals posted online for the U.S. Senate race between Republican Mel Martinez and Democrat Betty Castor. But
neither online counting problem made it into the real totals sent to Tallahassee, election officials insist.
"The election results we certified to the state are correct," Fluke said. The presidential and U.S. Senate absentee results posted online were
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As we can see the "glitch" favored Kerry and not Bush. Officials are saying that similar problems happened in Broward County and in Greensboro,
If we look at some of the other "glitches" we can see that the glitches affected everyone, and that in some cases there is more evidence of real
fraud, when seals for the e-voting machines were found broken, while others seem to show that there was an error in software.
The following is another error that favored Kerry.
The totals were so large, the tabulation computer threw some numbers away. Retallying changed two outcomes and gave an additional 22000
votes to Kerry.
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