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Texas: ES&S "Vendor Bender" in Wichita Falls Election PDF  | Print |  Email
By Joan Krawitz, VoteTrustUSA   
May 14, 2006

While new revelations about the insecurity of Diebold touchscreen voting machines hit the national media this week, ES&S continues to pile up a record of unkept promises in counties across the country.

 

In Texas, the Times Record News reports what it calls a "vendor bender" as the Wichita Falls City clerk blames ES&S for Election Day difficulties

"And according to City Clerk Lydia Ozuna the blame rests firmly on the shoulders of Election Systems and Software, the county's election vendor.
Election results in the joint election were delayed until 11 p.m. Saturday because of problems involved with using two forms of ballot technology, Ozuna said.
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Early voting began with paper ballots. The backdated form of voting was required because ES&S did not supply the information necessary to program electronic voting machines.
The machines were used in the last two days of early voting and on Election Day.

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All problems originated at ES&S, Ozuna said.


Paper ballot returns had to be manually entered into a computer to obtain the total results from early voting and Election Day. Ozuna said the process was very time consuming and complicated.

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If ES&S had provided optical scan ballots - similar to Scantrons - these problems could have been avoided, she said.

"Zoom, zoom. It would've been done," she said.


Besides a delay in ballot counting, Ozuna said she had received calls about difficulties with the electronic voting machines. Poll workers called in saying the machines were not working properly.

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