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Friday, January 25, 2008

An exhaustive, year-long study of Florida's undervotes in the 2006 general election is now available

Sarasota's Vanished Votes - An Investigation into the Cause of Uncounted Votes in the 2006 Congressional District 13 Race in Sarasota County, Florida

Florida Fair Election Center researchers spent a full year conducting an examination of public records in Florida. The iVotronic voting system failed to count over 100,000 votes in various races across the state of Florida in the November 2006 election.

The Florida Fair Election Center study completely refutes the theories that substantial numbers of voters intentionally withheld their votes in the CD-13 race or that so-called "poor ballot design" was responsible for the uncounted votes. By process of elimination, the only possible cause of the high undervotes is the catastrophic failure of the iVotronic voting system, and this report details the ways in which this catastrophic failure occurred.

The study found a badly designed, shoddily-built, poorly maintained, aging voting system in a state of critical breakdown.

The examination of records from Florida ES&S iVotronic counties proves that machine malfunctions and software problems caused the Sarasota undervotes.

The study found serious procedural and substantive flaws in the audit conducted and commissioned by the Florida Department (FLDoS), which omitted essential areas of investigation that would have provided evidence that large-scale machine malfunction contributed to the unusually large undervote and noted that the three entities that claimed the voting system had functioned correctly—the Florida Secretary of State, the Sarasota Supervisor of Elections, and ES&S—were defendants in two lawsuits seeking to overturn the results of the CD-13 race. The Florida Secretary of State, through the Division of Elections, was responsible for having certified this faulty voting system to begin with. The Sarasota Supervisor of Elections had defended the iVotronic system since its inception and continued to do so following the election—in many ways she had tied her reputation to the purported reliability of the iVotronic machines. ES&S, as the supplier, had nothing to gain and everything to lose by admitting that its voting system had failed, not only in Sarasota but across the entire state of Florida.

Read the full study here:


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