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Reason for election machine glitch found, officials expect things to be OK for the primary

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/05/reason_for_elec...

By Joan Mazzolini, The Plain Dealer
May 01, 2010, 8:00AM


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Six percent of the county's vote-counting scanner machines failed a pre-election test, but the elections chief said the board has enough backup machines for the Tuesday primary and is confident no votes will be lost if machines freeze up on election day.

All told, 89 of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections' 1,200 machines powered down and then froze during a specific test done to ensure the optical scanners were reading paper ballots correctly.

Voting machine manufacturer Election Systems & Software, Inc. said it believes the problem has to do with the scanner's software. And they believe they have a coding update that will fix it.

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"Unfortunately, it is too late to provide any changes or system updates to correct the issue before the May 4th election," wrote Ken Carbullido, the company's senior vice president of systems. "As such, ES&S is also prepared to provide additional onsite personnel to support potential additional workload or complexity due to the possibility of (scanner) shut-down occurrences."

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