The search for answers to the voting problems in Hamilton County a week ago has lead to both machine and man., Election leaders said they believe there is some degree of blame to assign all around. Tuesday, as they attempt to get a deeper understanding of what went wrong, they are trying to zero in on how to ensure that repairs are made in time for the March and November elections next year. In the aftermath of significant problems, they know there were computer programming mistakes, equipment failures and human error. What they don’t yet know is what percentage to give to each. “We knew there would be problems that day,” said Alex Triantafilou, who is a member of the elections board. “I was concerned just about this new technology.” … Officials said the first major problem was in the programming of the computer system.
According to election staff in Hamilton County, Tenex, the Florida-based vendor for the new technology, put the wrong date in the program. The system carried the date for the August special election which meant that anyone registered between July 5 and Oct. 5 who were qualified to vote in November were showing up as not registered in time. That involved roughly 11,000 voters.
From what has been verified so far, all were given provisional ballots. But, checking that through will take considerably more time. Election leaders consider the computer problem “the easiest fix.”
What shapes up as a more difficult repair involves the Wi-Fi connection essential to the e-poll book process. It broke down and lead to long lines and lingering frustration at the top of Election Day.