August 11th, 2007
09:17 PM ET
15 years ago

Iowa straw poll malfunction

AMES, Iowa (CNN) – A malfunctioning voting machine delayed the release of the results of the Iowa Republican Party straw poll by at least one hour Saturday, as GOP officials were forced to count more than 1,500 ballots by hand.

“There is a machine malfunction and they are simply recounting the ballots of one machine,” said Mary Tiffany, spokeswoman for the Iowa Republican Party. “There were 1,500 and some ballots. They are simply recounting them for accuracy.”

Tiffany estimated that between 13,000 and 15,000 people voted in Saturday’s straw poll. The malfunctioning machine was one of 18 used by the Iowa GOP to count the ballots.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

Filed under: Iowa
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Alex Luthor, Madison, WI

    Hate to say "I told you so"...

    Every election should only use paper ballots.

    August 11, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. James, Newport KY

    Counting 1500 votes by hand? Hmmmmm....potential for fraud.
    I'm sure the Romney folks made sure the count was "legit".

    August 11, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  3. Jason Dearborn, MI

    Three cheers for eVoting! It's almost a 5% reliability rate for their machines!

    That should be good enough for an election, it's not like we've ever had that sort of margin in a presidential election before.

    August 12, 2007 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  4. Jason, Los Angeles, CA

    Why do we continue to use machines which are prone to errors, security faults and hacking. We should go back to paper ballot votes. Its much harder to have someone fill out thousands of paper ballots than it is to hack these diebold machines as shown by a Princeton professor. We must maintain the integrity of the election or we loose the integrity of our government.

    August 12, 2007 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  5. Don't Trust Voting Machines

    If we can't trust these Diebold voting machines to count a mere 15,000 votes, why do we trust them to count millions of votes come our general election?

    August 12, 2007 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  6. Marty P Chicago IL

    At least 1,000 votes stolen from Ron Paul campaign to ensure he didn't place in the top 3. Anyone who was actually there knows this is hogwash!

    August 12, 2007 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  7. Pam A S'Side PEI

    Oh, another Republican Malfunctioning Voting Machine! Isn't that how Bush got elected? Dejevu ! 🙂

    Like the song: "Here we go again,"

    August 12, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. Chip Celina OH

    Oh, another Republican Malfunctioning Voting Machine! Isn't that how Bush got elected?

    If you'll remember correctly, the elections supervisors in the Florida counties were Democrats. Not that it matters, the machine isn't Republican or Democrat.

    Why is it everyone gripes about the poor performance of Diebold election machines, but won't hesitate to put their ATM card into a Diebold bank machine?

    August 12, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Ian, Eastham MA

    Youtube "Hacking Democracy". It's kinda drawn out, but the end will leave you slack jawed. As a IT systems architecture consultant, I can't believe Diebold uses MS Access as their backend and has hackable memory cards that can be pre-rigged to throw an election.

    Watch it. It's unbelievable.

    August 12, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Ron Nebraska

    Apparently we can make a computer phone you can hold in your hand and other amazing high tech gizmos but we can't make an error free voting machine? What's wrong with this picture?

    August 12, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    This was the trial run, to be sure that the machines will malfunction just as promised by the manufacturer. Don't worry, your vote will count. *eyeroll*

    August 12, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  12. Steve Savage, Tulsa, OK

    Its a straw poll, so if voting fraud was committed, its still legal. Its not like honesty ever got in the way of the GOP when it came to politics.

    August 13, 2007 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  13. Paul - Edinburgh, Scotland

    If this is an indication of what's to come, this is the republicans way of "creating jobs" . . . 10% of the Iowa votes were erroneous and counted by hand. How many votes would 10% of the national election?

    August 13, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. angel, Denver, Colorado

    Banks count money to the penny ACCURATELY, and no one can create a mechanism to count votes correctly? Give me a break!

    August 14, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. Steve Cottle, Montevallo, Alabama

    I say, do the whole thing over with paper ballots, did any one see the movie "Man of the Year". I think anything using computers can be tampered with. RON PAUL was the winner. Also where are those 12,000 purchased tickets that were not used are we so sure someone did not count them. Who would for out $35 and not vote?

    August 15, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Tate Newman

    This will cause definite violence this go round. We cannot afford to allow these criminals another term. If they want to cheat and steal and the law won't step in we have to help them. Saving an election or exposing criminal fraud is definitely worth time in jail as far as I'm concerned. I've got my attorneys number memorized!

    October 12, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |