By John Gideon on 2/23/2008, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

Mercer Co New Jersey election officials have found that 5% of their Sequoia Advantage Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines reported the incorrect post election data. Vote totals were properly reported (as well as anyone can tell from a DRE) but party totals were incorrect on 30 of the county's 600 machines. This is the same problem reported by five other counties in the state all with regards to results of the “Super Tuesday” primary. Though the vote totals may have been correct every machine attributed one Democratic vote as being a Republican vote. Naturally the Sequoia spokeswoman, Michelle Shafer, did all she could to minimize the problem while misinforming the public that all votes were counted properly, a fact that she cannot know. Finally some county officials are beginning to get uneasy about these machines. It’s about time....

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