Minister of Science and Chief Protector of the Faith

Monday, October 30, 2006

HAL 9000: The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made.

Let me put it this way, Mr. Amor. The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.

Several South Florida voters say the choices they touched on the electronic screens were not the ones that appeared on the review screen -- the final voting step.

Election officials say they aren't aware of any serious voting issues. But in Broward County, for example, they don't know how widespread the machine problems are because there's no process for poll workers to quickly report minor issues and no central database of machine problems.

Debra A. Reed voted with her boss on Wednesday at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center near Fort Lauderdale. Her vote went smoothly, but boss Gary Rudolf called her over to look at what was happening on his machine. He touched the screen for gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, a Democrat, but the review screen repeatedly registered the Republican, Charlie Crist.

DailyKos: Updated: Florida machines flipflopping votes to GOP already
Miami Herald: Glitches cited in early voting
democraticunderground: Votes for Democrats are registering for Republicans
Reuters: Diebold quarterly earnings rise, shares jump

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