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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Thursday, October 14, 2004

    More cause for concern 

    Pre-election tests of the controversial electronic voting machines were postponed on Tuesday ... because of a computer crash. This happened in Palm Beach County, Fla., home of the World Famous Pregnant Chad, but did not directly involve the touch-screen terminals on which nearly one in three U.S. voters will cast ballots on Election Day.

    Hurricane Jeane, which struck in September, may have zapped electricity and air conditioning to the room where the server was stored, county elections supervisor Theresa LePore said, causing temperatures to soar to 90 degrees or more and possibly causing the crash.

    "Heat is a very serious problem for these machines, especially in Louisiana and Florida," said Dan Spillane, former senior testing engineer of touch-screens for a small equipment manufacturer in Seattle. "Basically, these things work in the secretary of state's office. Outside of that, no one knows."

    Perhaps voting should be limited to states in the northern half of the country. Or in the secretary of state's office.

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 1:15 PM



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