Glitch gave Bush extra votes in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An error with an electronic voting system gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said.

Franklin County's unofficial results had Bush receiving 4,258 votes to Democrat John Kerry's 260 votes in a precinct in Gahanna. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct.

Bush actually received 365 votes in the precinct, Matthew Damschroder, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, told The Columbus Dispatch.

Source: CNN

I really need to write my rant on electronic voting machines. I don't see why in the hell we use them. It has been proven again and again , and again here in Ohio, that they are not up to the task at hand. It is not enough to give Kerry Ohio, can you imagine the mess that would be? I think the final numbers of this 2004 election would have been a lot different, and more accurate, if this nation would just stick to paper ballots. Electronic voting machines are FUBAR and need to be thrown in the dump.

Comments (5)

You have to wonder if this didn't happen in a few other states too. Lets the conspiracy theories begin!

It did happen in other states this year. Read the other linked CNN articles. It has happened in the past, and it will happen in the future until these companies allow for their software to be scrutinized by 3rd parties.

Crap. I didn't word that right at all. What I meant was:

Could this have happened enough elsewhere and NOT have been caught.

I have no idea what the hell I was thinking earlier.

An interesting thing is that most of those electronic voter machines are made by Diebold Inc. right here in Canton OH. The CEO of Diebold is a guy named Wally O'Dell who is a huge supporter. He lives right around the corner from here in a fortified compound.

Here are some funny posters about Diebold....

http://homepage.mac.com/rcareaga/diebold/adworks.htm

Dan K

PS. - Sorry to the rest of the world, we tried but failed...

What a great Diebold link Dan! I will have tp post it. I think my favorite one is the Alien spoof.

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