November 2, 2004 | By Donna Wentworth

New Orleans E-voting Meltdown - 80+ Incidents Reported

It looks like New Orleans is becoming a major hotspot for voting problems: there are reports through the EIRS of more than 80 incidents, some involving entire precincts, with the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline ringing off the hook.

"In a situation like this, election officials should start offering people paper ballots, using absentees or others," says EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "And they need to keep the polls open later to compensate. This is plainly the result of poor planning and they need to move quickly now."

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The problems being reported include:

  • machines breaking down
  • machines not lighting up
  • machines crashing
  • power outages
  • no backup machines
  • very few paper ballots, or incomplete paper ballots
  • no provisional ballots in some locations

More details as we get them.


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