On Today’s Agenda: BORKED
According to the dictionary for geeks, something is “borked” when it doesn’t work correctly or misbehaves, generally due to negligence by the person(s) that are responsible for it.
See, after deciding last week to NOT use the problematic Electronic Poll Books in the November Election, it came to our attention that the Davidson County Election Commission (DCEC) will meet again today to reconsider using the malfunctioning machines.
If the DCEC decides to reinstate the EPBs in November then we will be left scratching our heads and wondering why? As the world’s leading democracy, we can’t use machines that deny some residents the opportunity to participate equally in our democratic process.
The EPBs not only gave us fits by defaulting to the Republican ballot during the primary in August, but they also malfunctioned when scanning IDs by either not finding a voter or finding the wrong voter. And in split precincts (precincts that serve voters from two different state House districts) married couples, roommates and others were issued different ballots even though they lived in the same house!
And if, as the DCEC would like us to believe, that the problem lies solely with the poll workers, can they guarantee that they will have thoroughly trained all the poll workers to use the EPBs in all 160 precincts come November?
Last but not least, who decided to use ES&S, a vendor whose products have been tainted for at least a decade?
- 2002 FLORIDA: Over 100,000 votes not counted in Miami-Dade area.
- 2003 ILLINOIS: Programming glitch causes incorrect results.
- 2004 FLORIDA: ES&S machines in Orange County started counting backwards once it reached its voting capacity.
- 2006 FLORIDA: ES&S voting machines blamed for loss of 18,000 votes and affected the outcome of an election in the Buchanan vs. Jennings race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District
- 2007 PENNSYLVANIA: A research team from University of Pennsylvania conducted a security assessment of ES&S using Project EVEREST guidelines. The team found “numerous exploitable vulnerabilities in nearly every component of the ES&S system. These vulnerabilities enable attacks that could alter or forge precinct results, install corrupt firmware, and erase audit records.”
- 2011 OHIO: Machines malfunction in Cuyahoga County and fail pre-elections test. U.S. Election Assistance Commission launched an investigation and found multiple issues.
The bottom line is, DCEC is set to change its mind on EPBs – but hasn’t changed ways. The defective EPBs and dodges by the DCEC have caused the people of Davidson County to lose faith in the way elections are run. We never had these problems before with poll books, training issues, administrator blaming others and dodging questions. We must STOP, GO BACK (to the way elections were run in the past) & AUDIT before we move forward.