From the beginning I was wary of electronic voting machines, boxes that leave no paper trail, that work on the same principles as the internet – and we read almost weekly of some steadfast organization being hacked. And now it has apparently happened in Cumberland County, with a vocal opponent of Lou Magazzu being victim to “human error”. Cynical minds would suspect voter fraud. This was, after all, a pretty major “error” – giving the election to a loser that had no chance of winning.
According to Appel, “Sequouia’s sloppy software practices can lead to error and insecurity” and “anomalies noticed by County Clerks in New Jersey in 2008 Presidential Primary were caused by two different programming errors on part of Sequoia, and had the effect of disenfranchising voters.”
Cohen said his side wants to know what happened too, but that can be disseminated from the printouts.
“An expert is not going to question reliability,” said Krell, adding that such a witness could weigh in on whether Hernandez’s mistake was simply that.
Cohen stated such an examination could become far-reaching and become “a never ending tale.” Further, Hernandez stated voting machines used in the 91 other districts were checked out and deemed accurate.
The Zirkles, who have yet to publicly weigh in on their case, said this problem is larger than an executive committee election.