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Testing blamed for election computer glitch

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on August 29, 2008

From Herald Tribure

A software glitch in Sarasota county’s new $3 million voting system slowed the vote tally and left elections officials adding votes with pencils and paper as they pushed to meet a state elections reporting deadline late Tuesday.

The problem did not affect how votes were counted, but kept two new $80,000 machines from being able to upload all 10,700 absentee votes into the elections computer.

Elections Supervisor Kathy Dent said she now does not feel comfortable using the two machines in the November presidential election, and plans to use other machines.

Elections watchers said it was another example of how Florida’s elections officials in Tallahassee have not thoroughly vetted voting systems.

“I would put the problem squarely on the shoulders of the testing program,” said W. “Skip” Parish, a computer expert.

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