Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Texas Vote Machine Flaw Benefits Bush

After early voting on the electronic E-slates started in Texas a few people have noticed a problem. They made the first choice to vote a straight Democratic ticket but when they checked the summary page it had all the Democratic candidates selected, except for John Kerry. It had recorded a vote for Bush.

After review the elections division is blaming this on voter error. They were first saying that while flipping through the electronic pages of the ballot voters must accidently be pressing enter for Bush. It now appears to be a less obvious flaw in the machines.

If a voter presses the enter key twice quickly to vote a straight ticket the second enter is interpreted as a vote for the first candidate on the next page even if that page had not appeared yet. It takes a second and a half before the second page appears. The first candidate after the straight ticket is Bush. Hitting the enter key twice to vote the straight democratic ticket casts a vote for Bush/Cheney.

The lesson is don't hit cast ballot until you have reviewed your selections and gone back and made changes if necessary.

The other lesson is isn't it funny how these little flaws benefit the GOP.

This story appears to be an exclusive to me online.

Unrelated - AWOL Bush.

The 962 reason code for lt. Bush being removed from active duty has been found. It is change of address. This is odd but another mystery cleared up. His change of address was moving to Boston where he did not report to continue his national guard duties as required under regulations. See previous posts on AWOL Bush.

AP - New Bush Guard Papers Leave Questions

Unearthed under legal pressure, three-decade-old documents portray President Bush as a capable and well-liked Air National Guard pilot who stopped flying and attending regular drills two-thirds of the way through his six-year commitment — without consequence.

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