08 June 2006

Op-Scan Voting Machines Miscount Ballots
in Iowa Republican Primary

Bradblog - 6/8/2006

Machine Counts Halted in All Races After Hand Count of Absentee Ballots Finds 128 Vote Margin for Incumbant Instead of 20 Vote Margin for Challenger Reported by Op-Scan System!

[...] After optically scanning absentee ballots in a Republican Primary on Tuesday in Pottawattamie County, a popular, long-time incumbent was trailing a first-time college student candidate by 20 votes. Since that seemed odd, the County Auditor decided to count the absentee ballots by hand and indeed found that the incumbent had won the count instead!... By 128 votes instead of having lost it by 20!

In this case, the new optical scan computers being used for the first time were reportedly made by ES&S.


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