Florida Lost Electronic Voting Data
from the nice-move-there dept
The electronic voting story keeps getting worse and worse — especially in, of all places, Florida. We’ve already mentioned how Florida’s e-voting machines had audit trails that didn’t match the actual vote totals and how Florida has a law prohibiting recounts for electronic voting machines. Now, the news comes out that, despite being required by law to keep the data from the machines for 22 months, election officials in Miami-Dade county admit that a hard-drive crash has wiped out the data from some electronic voting machines used in the 2002 election and there’s simply no record of the votes any more. They quickly point out that all the votes were (probably) counted at the time of the election, but (of course) there’s really no way to make sure that’s true at all. It’s also not the real point. This is highlighting (once again) how unreliable these machines are, and without any kind of paper trail, there’s simply no way to go back and make sure that (a) the votes were counted (b) they were counted accurately and (c) they can be counted again.