Software Quality Insights

Oct 22 2008   7:27PM GMT

West Virginia has e-voting concerns

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith


We’re a few days into early voting for the U.S. presidential election, and some West Virginia voters are voicing concerns with e-voting machines from Election Systems and Software. In Putnam County and Jackson County, voters reported that their electronic votes for Democrats were switched to Republicans.

Clerks in both counties say the incidents are isolated, and they blamed voters for not being more careful. Additionally, West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland says she is confident the machines are up to the task. This despite the numerous reports detailing problems with the company’s machines.

The machines being used, however, do not provide paper receipts. It’s important that voters double check their votes before leaving the voting booth. If a voter notices a discrepancy, he needs to tell a poll worker so the mistake can hopefully be corrected. Once a voter’s ballot is cast, he will not be allowed to vote again.

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