SOS Press Release

From: Brent Turner <brent_at_trealestate_dot_net>
Date: Wed Mar 11 2009 - 00:51:17 CDT

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kate Folmar March 3, 2009 (916) 653-6575
MEDIA ADVISORY

Secretary of State's Office to Hold Hearing to

Examine Ballot-Count Errors Previously Unknown in California

WHAT: The Secretary of State's Office will conduct a public hearing to
receive reports and take testimony on the "Deck Zero" anomaly in Premier
Election Solutions' Global Election Management System (GEMS) version
1.18.19.

The Deck Zero software error, which can delete the first group of optically
scanned ballots under certain circumstances, caused 197 ballots to be
inadvertently deleted from Humboldt County's initial results in the November
4, 2008, General Election. Upon discovery of the software error, Humboldt
County subsequently corrected its election results. Two other California
counties, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, used the same software for the
November 4 election but encountered no similar problems in counting ballots.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office conducted an independent
investigation into the Premier GEMS 1.18.19 software errors and uncovered
even more information that was previously unknown to county and state
elections officials. For more about the investigation and the public
hearing, go to http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vs_premier.htm.

In the days after the hearing, Secretary Bowen will consider what action -
including possible withdrawal of state approval - to take on the Premier
GEMS voting system.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Secretary of State's Building

Auditorium

1500 11th Street

Sacramento

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