WRAL Nov 2 2012 Mark Binker.
1. Re-calibrate all voting machines on the morning of Election Day before the polls open, or, if necessary, the day before the election.2. Make arrangements for additional technicians on Election Day in case of increased calibration problems.3. Issue guidance requiring polling place officials to prominently post a sign reminding voters to double-check that the voting machine properly recorded their vote before final submission. This sign should also note that poll workers should be notified and can assist in the case of a voting machine error. (See, e.g., North Carolina State Board of Elections Numbered Memo 2012-24.)4. Issue guidance requiring polling place officials to remind voters to double-check that the voting machine properly recorded their vote before final submission, and to note that poll workers should be notified and can assist in the case of a voting machine error. (See, e.g., North Carolina State Board of Elections Numbered Memo 2012-24.)
And one final bit of history. The Republican-lead General Assembly twice rejected attempts to draw down $4.1 million in federal funds that would have been used to prepare for this election. Much of that money would have gone toward…wait for it … re-calibrating voting machines, arranging for additional Election Day technicians, and poll worker training, such as was requested in the RNC letter.
Letter from Republican National Committee November 1, 2012 rnc_letter_re_voting_machine_errors_nov_2012
Voting machines flipping votes in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Nevada
More voting problems reported in Jamestown, Pleasant Garden
(several videos about voter problems and warnings in North Carolina)
October 24, 2012 Now, some voters are concerned about polling locations in Jamestown and Pleasant Garden.
On Tuesday, voters who cast their ballots at the Bur-Mil Park polling location said when they attempted to vote for Mitt Romney the machine chose Barack Obama.
Similar problems have been reported in Jamestown and Pleasant Garden.
Faurest Stum says she voted at the Pleasant Garden Town Hall location. Her vote was for Mitt Romney, but the machine cast the vote for Barack Obama.
“I thought this might be a one-time glitch in the machine. I had no idea this might be happening somewhere else. This is when I called (FOX8) and said this needs to stop,” said Stum.
Guilford County Board of Elections Director George Gilbert says the problem is the machines needed to be re-calibrated.
Morganton News Herald October 25, 2012
Oct 23, 2012 (Video at link)
One of the voters, Sher Coromalis, says she cast her ballot for Governor Mitt Romney, but every time she entered her vote the machine defaulted to President Obama.
“I was so upset that this could happen,” said Coromalis.
Guilford County Board of Elections Director George Gilbert says the problem arises every election. It can be resolved after the machine is re-calibrated by poll workers.
Federal Judge Rules in Favor of NC GOP in Touch-Screen Vote Flipping Complaint .News 14. Oct 30, 2010. Orders ‘voter alert’ posted at polls, programming materials, records retained…
“For the election worker, the Real Time Audit Log requires less paper than a printed voter receipt, resulting in fewer paper jams and malfunctions.” That product slick es_sivotronicslick
NC had so many paper jams that the SBOE issued a memo on how to deal with it:
NC: Printers Fail on Touch-screens – 9% Failure Rate in Guilford County in the Nov 2006 General Election:
“The system meant to produce a paper backup of votes cast on Guilford County’s electronic voting machines failed in many cases during the election Nov. 7.
and original link
http://www.news-record.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061215/NEWSREC0101/61215003/-1/NEWSREC0201 Touchscreen printers are not fail safe like optical scan ballots:You get no printout at all if officials put the paper in wrong:
“The Real time Audit Log places high cognitive burdens on the voter, is extraordinarily error prone for the auditor,and is possibly illegal in states that are strict about voting privacy.”
Paper jams, screen freezes, programming errors etc listed.
Panel would not charge.
Out of calibration.
Printer folding edge of paper.
Flash error/CRC error
Power shut down.
Printer frozen/power issue
Half of screen missing.
CJ could not open panel
Printer door won’t lock.
Corrupted flashcard – message.
Pct wkrs could not change paper roll.
RTAL not found – message
Panel beeping, screen frozen.
Chirping, but dead.
4 panels had printers not working
No response on 3 machines
Panel fell/release latch won’t work.
Panel would not accept Master PEB.
Ballot will not display.
Goes directly to Party Select when Master –
ADA programmed wrong.
Paper roll on backwards
Can’t make selections when press screen.
ADA problem, audio tried – blank screen.
Time setting is off by 1 hour
Mecklenburg BoE 2006 Trouble Report mecklenburg_2006_trouble_report
REMEDY FOR TOUCH SCREEN COUNTIES:
We should require election workers to calibrate machines each day and check touch screen printers periodically throughout the day. Additionally, we should put signs ON the voting machines to instruct the voter to verify their paper printout, and to notify the poll workers if there is a problem.
NC Counties using touchscreens on Election Day:
Alamance, Alleghany, Brunswick, Burke, Caswell, Cherokee, Davidson, Davie, Guilford, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lenoir, Madison, Mecklenburg, Pamlico, Pender, Perquimans, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Transylvania, Warren, Wilson.