As of yet Ian hasn't found out
anything from the limited info he was able to take.
Dean Buck of ElPaso Colorado was to
provide me with detailed information as to AccuVote serial numbers and whether
we could get access to the units and memory cards. He hasn't called me
with any info. I will be proactive and contact him today to see if he
has finished the canvass and can pass that info to me now or that
I have to wait a longer period.
While I was there in El Paso , I
recorded the lot numbers from the side of the memory cards that had failed on
pre-election testing, but to date I have not received any other information from
other customer sites as to the lot info on their failed memory cards is, in
order to determine a pattern by memory card production lots. If any
body can provide me with this kind of detailed info, we can move forward on
this. I was hoping to get a report from Larry Ensminger as to the sites
that experienced these problems so I could contact the support people for that
info directly, but seeing as how we are discussing it here, consider yourselves
contacted, and please retrieve the following information.
We need the following:
- AccuVote Serial Number (you
know where to find that one)
- Memory Card Lot Number (imprinted
into the plastic on the side edge of the card)
- Condition of the memory card's
contacts (slide the shutter back with your fingers on both sides of the
shutter) Check for amount of contact scoring and centering of scoring on the
card edge pads.
- Was the memory card label torn or
- Details on the LCD messages when the
- What actions were performed to
correct the error and which actions were successful
- Location (e.g., precinct #) where
- Actual memory card that failed
delivered to McKinney (Remember to get FS#)
- Actual AccuVote that memory card
failed in delivered to McKinney (Remember to get FS#)
Please don't let this wait much
longer. People forget details as time passes. In retrospect, I
should have surveyed every one directly on email immediately after the election,
but I had hoped that all reports from the field for all experiences (no matter
the failure type) would have been in long before now so we could examine the
scope of this on a country wide level. I believe there are a few
outstanding reports but we can start to deal with the locations that we know
about right now. Contact Larry Ensminger if you haven't submitted an
election night report yet.
Data. Data. Data. Give me
are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, November 15, 1999 1:47
Subject: Re: Blank Memory Cards
El Paso Colorado had about 6 memory cards fail
during their testing, showing
similar symptoms. They then had another
6 memory cards fail on election
All their memory cards and
AccuVotes are new, they had about 200 vote
centers/AccuVotes in the
Ian Piper was with me and he mentioned he was going to track
some of this.
I would ask to him if he's found out anything.
----- Original Message -----
To: Donald W.
Biszmaier <firstname.lastname@example.org>; support
Monday, November 15, 1999 1:30 PM
Subject: Re: Blank Memory
> We are experiencing a rash of memory card failure that
is almost alarming.
> We are looking into what the problems might
be. It doesn't seem to matter
> if the cards are brand new or a
few years old. Does anyone else have
> or concerns on
this issue? So far, we know that there were extensive
in Virginia and Florida in this past election cycle. ~Ingrid
> From: Donald W. Biszmaier <email@example.com>
To: support <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Monday,
November 15, 1999 9:02 AM
> Subject: Blank Memory
> > In the past two weeks I
have had three programmed memory cards - one
> >in election mode and
two in post election mode - that have been blank.
> >When the card is
inserted it comes up to format.
> > I cannot verify
what happened to the cards. They may have been
> >mistakenly erased
or the wrong card used, but I cannot find proof of
> > Has anyone else had a similar problem?
Just thought I would check
> >after three times.
> Thanks: Don