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Tuesday November 02, 2004

Optical-Scan Glitch in Florida

Filed under: — Felten @ 6:44 am PST

Florida TV station Local6 reports that about 13,000 paper ballots were miscounted when a memory card failed in an optical scanner.

In optical scan systems, voters mark their votes on paper, and the paper ballots are counted by a machine. Because the system uses paper ballots, this type of failure can be fixed by recounting the paper ballots, using another machine or by hand. Local6 reports that the paper ballots have been impounded and election authorities will decide how to recount them.

(link via EFF DeepLinks)

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  1. Of course, a key point here is that the votes *were* recountable. Had this been a DRE electronic voting system, that may not have been possible; in fact, if the type of memory card used in both systems is similar, this would make a good example of just how badly a DRE system can fail.

    Comment by Justin Mason — Tuesday November 02, 2004 @ 2:02 pm PST

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