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Wyoming: Trauner Will Not Ask for Recount in Congressional Race PDF  | Print |  Email
Wyoming
By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
November 16, 2006

According to the Casper Star-Tribune Democratic challenger Gary Trauner (pictured at right) has issued a statement explaining that because Wyoming law does not allow for hand counting of ballots, he didn't think there would be any change in the outcome by simply having a recount by machine.

He said he believes the state needs to look at changing its election laws to allow counting ballots by hand if necessary. "What is the purpose of having recounts in tight races and using machines that keep a paper ballot, if the law does not allow for manual checks and balances in counting those paper ballots?" he said.

 

In an Associated Press article Peggy Nighswonger, state elections director, confirmed there was no provision for hand counting ballots in Wyoming. The only instance she could think of where a recount by hand might occur is if all the tabulation machines in a county broke down, she said.

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Wyoming: Yet Another ES&S Ballot Programming Error PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
August 29, 2006
Error Similar To Earlier Problem In Iowa Effects Municipal Race in Wyoming Primary

Initial results published Wednesday in local Jackson Hole, Wyoming newspapers indicated that incumbent Jackson Town councilman steve Harrington had been rejected by voters. However, after a “recalculation” of the vote totals, Harrington will be a candidate in the November general election and council member Scott Anderson will take his place on the sidelines.

Another election, another “glitch”. Fortunately this one was caught. As the Jackson Hole News reported, the problem involved a rotation system intended to prevent the same candidate from always appearing at the top of ballots in each voting precinct. In creating the rotation, a tabulation program substituted one of the two blank spaces provided for write-in candidates on the ballot with one of the candidates listed.

The effect was someone may have voted for a particular person, but the program counted the vote toward a write-in candidate instead of the person for whom the vote was intended. The programming error affected 331 ballots and significantly altered the outcome of the race.

While local news coverage focused on the embarrassment of the announcement of incorrect pre-recalculated vote totals, little attention was focused on the possibility that such ballot programming errors may have happened in other Wyoming counties. The problem in Jackson Hole is nearly identical to problems encountered earlier this summer in Pottawattamie County, Iowa where nine Republican primary races were effected by a similar ballot programming error.

Wyoming: ES&S to Provide Voting Systems in 20 Counties PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Warren Stewart, Director of Legislative Issues and Policy, VoteTrustUSA   
November 16, 2005
Wyoming Secretary of State Joseph B. Meyer announced today that the state has selected Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S) to implement a new optical scan voting system. Twenty of Wyoming's 23 counties will partner with ES&S to upgrade their current voting systems. The new system, which will include 420 ES&S Model 100 precinct-level optical scan ballot counters and 358 ES&S AutoMark ballot-marking devices, will bring the state into compliance with the requirements of the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).

Myer was quoted in a press release, "one of my highest priorities as Secretary of State is to make sure all Wyoming counties have the opportunity to select voting systems that best meet their needs. As the state's chief election official, it is critically important to me that people with disabilities and all voters have equal access to the election process," added Meyer. "This technology accomplishes that goal."
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