The Election Reform Network issued a report in May of 2010 showing that the number of voters counted by electronic voting machines and the number of votes cast in Montgomery County, Pa., in the 2008 presidential election were rarely the same. The report documented discrepancies in three fourths of the election districts analyzed, with differences of up to 47 voters per district.
The report provides factual support for the contention made in our Banfield case [LINK to Banfield page] that the use of electronic voting machines should not be relied on without an independent system to verify their results. Direct recording electronic machines, in use in most counties in Pennsylvania, incorporate software that cannot be audited. If a recount is called, a record of the votes can be printed, but the original votes cast cannot be scrutinized.