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    Software flaw found in Florida vote machines

    By Eliot Kleinberg
    Cox News Service
    Friday, November 05, 2004

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It had to happen. Things were just going too smoothly.

    Early Thursday, as Broward County elections officials wrapped up after a long day of canvassing votes, something unusual caught their eye. Tallies should go up as more votes are counted. That's simple math. But in some races, the numbers had gone ... down.

    It turns out the software used in Broward County can handle only 32,000 votes per precinct. After that, the system starts counting backward. Why a voting system would ever be designed to vote backward was a mystery to Broward County Mayor Ilene Lieberman. It had her on the phone late Wednesday with Omaha-based Elections Systems and Software.

    Bad numbers showed up only in running tallies through the day, not the final one. Final tallies were reached by cross-checking machine totals and officials are confident they are accurate.

    The glitch affected only the 97,434 absentee ballots, Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes said. They were all placed in their own precinct and optical scanners totaled votes, which were then fed to a main computer. That's where the counting problems surfaced. They only affected votes for constitutional amendments 4 through 8, because they were the only page that was exactly the same on all county absentee ballots.

    The same software is used in Martin and Miami-Dade counties; Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties use different companies.

    The problem cropped up in the 2002 election. Lieberman said that ES&S told her it sent the Florida Secretary of State's office software upgrades, but that office kept rejecting the software. The state says that's not true. Broward elections officials said they had thought the problem was fixed.
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