Wednesday, October 26, 2016

TX County Switches to Paper Ballots after Electronic Voting Glitches

A County in Texas has switched to “emergency paper ballots” after Electronic Voting machines in the region suffered technical glitches.

Chambers County Clerk Heather Hawthorne issued a press release Tuesday announcing Electronic voting would be suspended until the glitches affecting voting machines could be corrected.

On Monday, October 24th, 2016, at the beginning of Early Voting it was brought to the attention of the County Clerk, Heather H Hawthorne, that the Straight Party vote for both the Republicans and Democrats, did not automatically select one race on each Ballot.

The error was caused in programming by ES&S, Election Systems and Software Inc., the vendor who programs the Election software used in Chambers County.

Immediately, Hawthorne contacted ES&S and advised them of the issue.

Hawthorne then contacted the Secretary of State’s office, the office overseeing the Elections in Texas, and was informed to create emergency paper ballots to be used until the problem could be fixed

ES&S, based in Dallas, informed Hawlhorne they would send software to correct the issue.

On October 26th, 2016, Hawthorne said she would be in the polling locations to install the corrected software to the Ivotronic machines. Hawthorne is confident that all machines should be ready by the end of today.

But without complete testing the new software, there is no way to know what problems could be present on November 8th.

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