June 2, 2011 -- Reports of
vote flipping, candidates missing from paperless touchscreens,
high undervote rates, and other voting machine anomalies abounded
in Pennsylvania's Venango County after the May 17 Pennsylvania
Primary. In response to those reports, a special public hearing
was held June 1, 2011 by the Venango County Election Board in
Courtroom 3 of the historic county courthouse in Franklin, PA.
Under oath, a several voters
from both major parties gave clear and heartfelt testimony that
their selections jumped several times to other names while they
were attempting to vote for the Primary candidates of their choice.
Additionally, these same voters (again under oath) reported that
their on-screen ballot was definitely missing at least one candidate's
name when the vote flipping occurred.
In search of possible non-voting
machine related explanations for the high undervote rates, the
Election Board issued subpoenas to a number of candidates. Only
two testified to the hearing that they had asked any voters to
voting" in order to concentrate their own votes, and
that they had only requested this of a handful of voters.
Expert testimony on the problems
and unreliability of paperless electronic voting was provided
by five additional witnesses. These included Candice Hoke, of
the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University,
David Eckhardt and Gregory Kesden of the Computer Science Department
at Carnegie-Mellon University, PA election law expert Charles
Pascal, Jr. who represented the citizen plaintiffs in the 2006
Kuznik v. Westmoreland case regarding electronic voting machines
and the Pennsylvania Constitution, and VotePA Executive Director
Drs. Eckhardt and Kesden offered
their services pro bono to conduct a forensic examination of
Venango County's voting system. The Election Board voted to accept
this offer, and proceeded to order the forensic examination.
The county's iVotronic voting
machines and related equipment were ordered quarantined by the
Election Board on May 26.
To view video of the hearing
in its entirety, go HERE.
VENANGO COUNTY STORIES HERE