Feds Say Cleveland's Vote-counting Scanners Flawed

Dec 23, 2011

A federal agency says vote-counting scanners used in Cleveland since 2008 are defective and sometimes miss

The findings released this week by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission cap a 20-month investigation.

The agency began the investigation after an April 2010 story in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported that one in 10 machines failed certification tests required by federal law.

Cuyahoga County elections board director Jane Platten tells the newspaper that the scanner counts for all elections are accurate. She says the board has created safeguards to work around problems.

The manufacturer, Election Systems & Software, says it's cooperating in the review.

The elections board spent $12 million on scanners to replace a $21 million touch-screen system that crashed twice during the 2007 general election.