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ES&S Op-Scans Yielding Different Results Each Time

Published: Tue 4 Nov 2008 04:48 PM
ES Op-Scans 'Yielding Different Results Each Time Same Ballots Run Through Machines' in MI County
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?...
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) received this letter [PDF] well over a week ago from Oakland County, MI, concerning ES 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 machines. The same ballots, run through the same machines, yielded different results each time.
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ES determined that the primary issue was dust and debris build-up on the sensors inside the M-100.
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Unfortunately, they [local clerks] are prohibited from performing any maintenance/cleaning on the machines as it voids the warranties. ES 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 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 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?
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ENDS
-- John Gideon Co-Executive Director VotersUnite.Org www.votersunite.org
"To encourage citizen ownership of transparent, participatory democracy." The Creekside Declaration March 22, 2008

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