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Bad Memory Card Compromises 13,000 Ballots

November 1, 2004

According to Local 6, about 13,000 ballots in Florida were put in jeopardy today because of a bad memory card in an optical-scan voting machine. When the error was discovered, representatives from both parties were notified and the ballots were removed from the site and placed in a vault. Now, it's up to the canvassing board to decide how to recount the ballots.

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But suppose it had been a Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machine that produces no paper whatsoever? There would be nothing to put in a vault. And there would be no debate over how to do the recount, because there would be nothing to recount.

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