It’s always something, at least when it comes to elections in the District of Columbia.
This afternoon, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, who chairs a special council committee on elections, announced in a press release that her office had found several minor anomalies with the Nov. 4 results that “may indicate larger problems in the District’s election software.”
- In SMD 6B11, unofficial election results showed no precincts reporting and 5 undervotes.
- In SMD 5C09, which votes in a single precinct, 74, 15 votes were cast in Precinct 73.
- In SMD 6C09, three votes were recorded in that race in Precinct 1, when city registration records show that only two voters in that precinct should be eligible to vote in that race.
Here’s Cheh’s money quote: “We cannot afford to have these sleeper glitches, which can come to the surface unexpectedly like gremlins and damage confidence in the results the Board of Elections and Ethics reports.”
Cheh wants Sequoia to cough up the source code for their election-machine software, which the committee had subpoenaed after problems with the Sept. 9 primary election. Pro bono lawyers from firm Jenner & Block are helping Cheh enforce the subpoena.
The committee has a hearing scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m.