Report: More electoral problems in Ohio

The Election Science Institute reports widespread vote counting problems with Diebold machines in the May 2 Ohio primary. The report concludes that 10 percent of the ballots were flawed. The area the report focuses on is Cuyahoga County, where Cleveland is located.

The report states:

"Cuyahoga County adopted a new voting system using the Diebold touch-screen voting system…. The May 2006 Primary, the first major election using the new system, presented an opportunity to assess the new system’s benefits and weaknesses."
Among the Key findings from the report:
"The machines’ four sources of vote totals – VVPAT individual ballots, VVPAT summary, election archive, and memory cards – did not agree with one another. The current election system appears to provide some of its promised benefits at potentially great cost; namely, that the election system, in its entirety, exhibits shortcomings with extremely serious consequences, especially in the event of a close election. These shortcomings merit urgent attention. Relying on this system in its present state should be viewed as a calculated risk in which the outcome may be an acceptable election, but there is a heightened risk of unacceptable cost."
The Cleveland Plain Dialer reports:
"Nearly 10 percent of Cuyahoga County's official ballots in the May 2 primary were 'destroyed, blank, illegible, missing, taped together or otherwise compromised,' according to experts who studied the county's new electronic voting system....
But even when the paper receipts were legible in the May 2 primary, more than three-quarters of them listed vote tallies that did not match the electronic record in the touch-screen machines.
In more than 75 percent of the machines examined, the paper record did not match the votes recorded on the memory chips or the memory cards."
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