Diebold: Honey, I shrunk the vote
Voting machine maker discloses program error
Firm says mistake may cause votes to be missed
COLUMBUS – A major voting machine maker has notified its customers in 34 states that a programming error discovered during testing may cause votes to be dropped when they are uploaded to a computer server from the machines’ vote-holding memory cards.
Premier Election Solutions Inc. supplies touch-screen voting systems as well as scanners for paper ballots to large and small customers throughout the nation. The error communicated in a Tuesday product advisory occurs when multiple memory cards are uploaded at the same time, and it is more likely to occur in jurisdictions that have several voters and use touch-screen voting systems, said Premier spokesman Chris Riggall.
The Allen, Texas-based Premier is a unit of North Canton-based Diebold Inc.