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Thousands of Votes Lost Due to Human Error

November 05, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

More than 4,500 votes have been lost in one North Carolina county because officials believed a computer that stored ballots electronically could hold more data than it did.

Officials in Jacksonville said UniLect Corp., the maker of Carteret County's electronic voting system, told them that each storage unit could handle 10,500 votes, but the limit was 3,005.

Expecting the greater capacity, the county used only one unit during the early voting period. "If we had known, we would have had the units to handle the votes," said Sue Verdon, secretary of the county election board.

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