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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-08-06 02:27 PM
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4. Update

"Meanwhile, the cause of Tuesday's computer counting errors has been determined, said county deputy auditor Gary Herman.

According to Herman, the names of those in multiple candidate races are rotated in each precinct, so that one candidate won't be at the top of the list in all precincts. For example, one candidate's name might be at the top of the list in one precinct, but in the middle or at the bottom of the list in another precinct to avoid voter fraud, Herman said. The computers that read the ballots after they were completed were not programmed to recognize the different order for precincts, he said.

"They always alternate the listings to prevent voter fraud, but the computer didn't read it correctly," Knauss said. "I'm assuming it kept everything in alphabetical order."

Because of the programming error, some surprising numbers were tabulated in Tuesday's election before County Auditor Marilyn Jo Drake ordered a quick hand recount of absentee ballots that showed big differences. A hand recount of all the ballots was then held Wednesday."

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So now the story is, after ES&S got to the machines, that the programming was wrong. No kidding. The idea is that the ballots were made out differently "as they always have been" for each precinct.

But, the problem first arose when the absentee ballots were counted by the machines.

We are being lead to believe the absentees were sorted by precinct.

We need someone from there to get to the bottom of this, now.
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