Irregularities in May 6 voter data led to double voting

Irregularities have been found in last Tuesday's vote, according to Pith sources and an election commissioner. Specifically, as many as 10,000 people who early voted were not entered into the precinct-level electronic poll books, opening the door for double voting.

Davidson County Elections Administrator Kent Wall confirms to Pith that around 11 a.m. on election day, a poll worker reported discovering that a person who had voted early was not recorded as having done so in the electronic poll books which are used to verify voter information, such as their correct precinct, and whether they have already voted. Wall says that IT staff at the election commission and their counterparts at Election Systems & Software (ES&S) — which manufactures the EPBs and related software — soon determined what had gone wrong.

After more than 13,000 people voted early for the May elections, the commission sent those records to ES&S. But when the files came back, to be entered into the EPBs for use on election day, Wall says they only contained the records of a little more than 2,000 voters. The missing records meant that more than 10,000 early voters could have shown up again on election day and voted a second time without being detected.

Wall said that "less than a dozen" appeared to have voted twice.

In a letter to Wall, Election Commissioner Tricia Hertzfeld said the public had a right to know about the irregularities, but the chair refused to call an emergency meeting of the DCEC:

As you are aware, I have repeatedly asked for an emergency meeting of the Davison County Election Commission so that the issues with the loss of early voter histories, double voting, and potential voters who were turned away from the polls on Election Day could be investigated and the public notified as soon as possible. However, the Chair has declined to call a meeting insisting that a meeting is unnecessary and would be counter-productive. The public has a right to be informed of these discoveries and the candidates, in particular, deserve to know if anything that occurred on Election Day could impact their races. I am deeply disappointed that the Commission did not feel these issues of great enough import to inform the public promptly.

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