Surprise, Surprise: E-Voting Glitches Found In Early Voting
from the this-is-a-surprise? dept
The GAO had warned that there would be some pretty massive e-voting problems this year, as election officials were not properly trained on the already problematic machines, so it should come as little surprise that over in West Virginia, the “early voting” procedures have resulted in numerous complaints that the e-voting machines selected the wrong candidate. The scenario is depressingly similar to the one that The Simpsons predicted, where the voter selects one name, and the other one shows up as highlighted. Poll workers told them to just keep clicking until the right one was chosen, and noted that the machines have “just been doing that.”
What’s more depressing is how everyone involved seems to brush this off as no big deal. Officials claimed that these “were isolated cases and that poll workers fixed the problems so the correct vote was cast.” That may be true of the two people that CNN spoke too, but who knows if others got the machines to work properly. And then there’s West Virginia’s Secretary of State, Betty Ireland , who basically pulled a page from Sequoia’s playbook, of covering her eyes and ears and screaming loudly that everything is fine:
“There are no problems with the machines as recalibrated. Touch-screen voting in West Virginia is accurate and secure.”
Because you say so? As opposed to those who are actually voting and finding it’s not? That’s comforting.
In this case, the machines are supplied by ES&S whose machines (like both Sequoia and Diebold) have a relatively long history of screwing up at election time. ES&S is also the company where an employee of the company showed up here to berate us and insist that no independent experts should be allowed to look at the machines and that they were safe and reliable because those working at these firms knew better than the rest of us. It’s as if the e-voting companies and the politicians think that if they just keep repeating it, maybe it will become true.