Tuesday, November 2, 2004

VA: New touch-screen voting machines present problems in Culpeper, Westmoreland

The Free Lance-Star, November 2, 2004


The large turnout created problems with new touch-screen voting machines in Culpeper and Westmoreland counties.

Two Unilect voting machines went down at Cardova precinct for about 30 minutes, creating long lines. Those waiting were told that people were voting too fast and machines didn’t have time to reset.

In Westmoreland, all four machines at the 2nd District precinct at Hague were down for an hour while Unilect manager Wout J. Kymmell worked on the problem. At least 75 people waited to vote in a line stretching around the building.

Kymmell eventually managed to get two of the machines working again. He said poll workers, in their haste to speed through the mass of voters, caused crashes by authorizing machines for the next voter before the machines had completed routines for the previous one.

“The poll workers were freaking out at the size of the turnout,” Kymmell said.

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