Elections Board Stands By Results
The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has been hunkered down in meetings most of the day to review yesterday's results fiasco. But Post staff writer Elissa Silverman, who is on the scene, said board spokesman Dan Murphy briefed reporters moments ago at the board headquarters in Judiciary Square, saying the erroneous tally was caused by a cartridge in an optical scanner machine that read paper ballots in precinct 141. He said the error did not affect any of the outcomes.
Murphy issued this statement: "After conducting a thorough review of all precinct cartridges, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics is satisfied that the last unofficial results report released on election night provided an accurate representation of the votes that were cast and counted. The board stands by this report.
"During election night, it is the board's standard practice to generate unofficial results reports and to thereafter conduct an internal audit process to verify the accuracy of the results contained in these reports," Murphy continued. "During this process, it was determined that one defective cartridge caused vote totals to be duplicated into multiple races on the summary report issued by our office. The Board immediately caught and addressed this errror as is reflected in the last unofficial results report issued on election night."
Murphy also said that board Chairman Errol R. Arthur, issued the following statement: "Both the board and Sequoia Voting Systems are currently conducting comprehensive reviews into how the cartridge reading occurred. We will continue to work with them to identify how to prevent this issue in future elections."
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