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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 10:47 PM
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4. Undecided Minnesota Senate Race Used Machines that Flunked Accuracy Tests (Wired)
By Kim Zetter November 05, 2008 | 10:31:41 PMCategories: E-Voting, Election '08

Voting machines that recently failed pre-election accuracy tests in Michigan are at the center of a disputed U.S. Senate race in Minnesota that hangs in the balance over fewer than 500 votes at press time.

Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman is leading Democratic challenger, and former Saturday Night Live comedian, Al Franken by less than half of 1 percent in a race with almost 3 million ballots cast. The narrow margin will trigger an automatic recount under Minnesota law.

But recent claims by an election official in Michigan indicate that the model of voting machines used statewide in Minnesota failed to record votes consistently and accurately in Michigan.

On Monday, Threat Level published a letter written by a Michigan election clerk to the chairwoman of the federal Election Assistance Commission asserting that optical-scan machines made by Election Systems & Software failed pre-election tests because they counted votes incorrectly ...
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