When There Are So Many 'Human Errors' On Your E-Voting Machines, It's Your Problem
from the sequoia,-i'm-talking-to-you dept
Last week, we wrote about yet another problem with Sequoia e-voting equipment where the company was vehemently denying the problem was with the machines, even saying: “There’s absolutely no problem with the machines in the polling places. No. No.” Of course, this came right after a report revealing how easy it was to hack their machines, as well as numerous other problems with Sequoia machines. Yet the company consistently employs the same exact strategy: it couldn’t possibly be the fault of the machines.
You may recall the story earlier this month about the Sequoia optical scanning machines in Palm Beach County that supposedly couldn’t reach the same vote tally if different counting machines were used. At least that was the original claim — but it was later changed when election officials admitted they had simply misplaced some ballots. Well, the latest report claims that the recount is now not showing lost ballots — it’s showing too many ballots. Fantastic. Election officials think they’ve traced the problem to the fact that some votes on Sequoia’s e-voting machine cartridges weren’t properly transferred, which kicks off Sequoia’s standard PR response:
The company’s representative, Phil Foster says “the cartridge is fine. Why it didn’t read I do not know,” suggesting another human error made on election night.
You know, when you keep saying that, and the problems keep occurring, at some point, people are going to stop believing you. Even if the problem really is human error every one of these times, people might begin to wonder why you don’t design your systems to avoid such human errors.