Assisted by two election judges, County Clerk Melinda Myers supervised the printout of 49 pages of audit logs from the M650 voting machine last Thursday, covering machine operation records from Oct. 25 to April 13.
Judge Jessica DuBoe printed out the logs while a second judge, Peggy Godfrey, stood watch. The operation took just about an hour.
“ES&S [the machine’s distributor] first said we couldn’t do it,” Myers said. “It would have been nice to know Nov. 3.”
The date on the machine for last Thursday’s run was incorrect, but Godfrey and DuBoe hand-signed the correct date as May 26. All dates for the different runs (Nov. 5, Nov. 8, Nov. 15-16 and other ballot runs) showed the wrong date on the reports.
“The machine loses time as it sits and we have to reset it — they told us how to reset it,” Myers said. DuBoe noted, however, that her first attempt to reset the machine was unsuccessful.
The logs showed several precinct vote total zero outs for Nov. 2-3, 2010 tallies and also reported multiple jams and multiple ballots in the read head. A host of other error messages also appear in the reports such as indeterminate readings, invalid split codes and “stop bar not detected.”
The machine registered six different saves to the external hard drive that was used on the computer lent to the county for the election by ES&S.
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