Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2003

In the November general election, our county was the last in the whole USofA to get our votes counted. After that, we had to recount.

Everyone said things will get a lot better when we can start using our new ESS touch-screen voting machines.

But in other towns where they already had them, there were odd and mysterious problems. Dallas almost shut down early voting because of inaccuracies at “7 or 8 of the 24 early voting locations.”

The Dallas News reported:

“...several dozen complaints ... from people who said that they selected a Democratic candidate but that their vote appeared beside the name of a Republican on the screen. Some votes cast for Republicans were counted for Democrats.”

Blame was aimed at the ESS company— same outfit we’re signed up with.

I recently consulted a nationally-recognized expert on electronic voting machine problems. I asked her if she would come on KTSA and talk with our elections administrator, so all of us could hear both sides.

She agreed. But so far the elections administrator has not.

Anyone besides me see a credibility problem here?

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

Dallas News Oct 22, 2002 Area Democrats say early votes miscounted
• Who will win in 2004 (was 99.9% accurate in 2002)
Dallas News Oct 23, 2002 Some ESS touch-screens not accurate (cited above)
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• ESS demands removal of web page

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