E-Voting Glitches Abound
Reports of problems with electronic voting systems used in the midterm elections were widespread. Here's a look at the nation's biggest foul-ups. (CIOInsight.com)With roughly 33 percent of all voters using new electronic equipment to cast their votes in the Nov. 7 midterm election, there was little surprise when precincts began reporting problems with the machines. In fact, counties in at least seven statesGeorgia, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and South Carolinaextended polling hours as a result of system glitches. At the moment, however, the reported errors have been attributed to poll workers who were improperly trained on how to set up and operate the machinesnot to malicious tampering or hacking of systems, as many e-voting experts had feared. David Bear, a spokesperson for e-voting equipment manufacturer Diebold Systems, says the reports show that while election officials need time to become more familiar with the new electronic systems (which are mandated by the Help America Vote Act), "it isnt a matter of problems with the technology or the equipment."
No formal allegations of tampering have yet surfaced. However, yesterdays election should be a wake-up call to all state secretaries nationwide: Better management and tighter procedures are needed to ensure the security and accuracy of future U.S. elections. What follows is a roundup of the elections biggest foul-ups, compiled from newspapers across the nation.