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Remember Jeb and Sandra and ES&S and the kickbacks to Florida Association of Counties to endorse ES&S? (See Much Truth is Said in ..... Players Play Conspiracy.)
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One ES&S competitor, Sequoia was allowed only 15 minutes to present their system to Broward County commissioners. Broward spent $17.2 million for 5,200 voting machines. (Matthew Haggman, "Buyers' Remorse," DailyBusinessReview.com, 2/3/03.) 5,200 voting machines ... $17.2 million ... fifteen minutes?
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Miami-Dade purchased 7,200 ES&S touch-screen voting machines, the largest purchase in U.S. history. By 2003, the county had spent $25 million on touch screens. (Haggman.) $25 million, 7,200 touch-screen voting machines averaging 100 ballots per touch screen, no paper trail, no viable audit trail, no viable recount capabilities?
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3,000 county employees and an extra $5 million were required to support Miami-Dade's General Election, that is following the substandard performance in the Primary. According to one Miami-Dade Inspector General, the cost of running an election with ES&S machines is as much as five times more than the old punch-card system due to the requirements for so many poll workers and technical support. (Haggman.)
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ES&S blamed the Primary Election problems on poor procedures, untrained poll workers and the county's lack of familiarity with the system. The more significant problems included: four hours to boot-up a machine, workers failure to turn the machines on at the right time, power and battery problems, improper insertion of flash memory cards, long lines at the polls, incorrectly programmed voting machines. (Haggman.)
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Election Supervisor Miriam Oliphant opposed the selection of ES&S voting technology but was overruled by the County Commission. Broward County spent $17.2 million for 5,200 iVotronic machines even though Oliphant preferred Sequoia. After Broward's 2002 election failures, Broward County Administrator Roger Desjarlais placed the blame squarely on Miriam Oliphant in his September 2002 memo, "ES&S election services are intended to support the supervisor of elections, who is responsible for conducting the election." (Haggman.) This appalling situation deserves more attention.
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