A spot check of election results in Palm Beach, Florida (land of questionable elections) turned up a few inconsistencies, so a judge ordered a hand recount of the ballots that had been tabulated using a computer system from Sequoia Voting Systems.
Why did it take a judge to order a recount? Because, hand counting ballots in Florida is now illegal. (Seriously. Who came up with a stupid law like that?)
The hand count found that the electronic system had declared the wrong winners in several races. According to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections “Frankly, without paper ballots and without audits, we would have let the wrong winners serve. I have a feeling that this isn’t the first time, but we never noticed.” Indeed, the spot checks are a new thing in Florida, and without them there would have been no way to tell that there might be problems.
The same voting system is widely used across the country. In fact, similar systems will be used to count 70% of the votes to be cast in this year’s presidential election. Do you have any trust at all that the results will be reported accurately?