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17. Ohio:"See, what happened was ". . . /
See, what happened was
Voting machine maker faces county

By Lisa A. Abraham
Beacon Journal staff writer
The Summit County Board of Elections finally got some answers to the problems with its new voting system.
At a board meeting Tuesday, an official from Election Systems & Software, the Omaha, Neb., maker of the county's new optical-scan voting system, explained to the board why computer memory cards in the system have continued to fail.

She said the faulty cards had a circuit board error and the batteries were not properly charged, which caused them to have repeated low-battery or dead-battery issues.
The problems have been corrected, she said.

However, in additional testing Friday, more failures were discovered. The company again replaced all 349 cards.
``Those memory cards will be here today (Tuesday) and they will work on Election Day,'' Buchanan said.
The board, however, criticized Don Mummey, the ES&S official in charge of setting up the Summit County system, for conducting further tests on his own without alerting elections officials or having a team of Republican and Democratic staffers on hand.
Mummey conducted tests Friday, when he found the failing cards. However, board staff discovered the cards only by accident.

Buchanan said she would see that media relations were improved.
However, when asked by a reporter for answers on the reliability of the machines after the meeting, Buchanan insisted that all inquiries be made to the company's official spokesman in Omaha.
pressed on whether she could guarantee the machines would work on Election Night, Buchanan said, ``We can't guarantee anything 100 percent.'' Moments later, however, she changed her answer and said, ``I'm saying the machines will work on Election Day.''

Lisa A. Abraham can be reached at 330-996-3737 or

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