(3/30/2012) Palm Beach Elections Overturned After Hand-Count Reveals Op-Scans Mistallied Results
The computers got it wrong. The losing candidates were declared and certified as the "winners". But they didn't actually receive more votes than their opponents. This time, we happened to find out.
As long-time readers of The BRAD BLOG know, there's a reason we routinely slam election officials and media for announcing wholly-unverified computer-reported results of elections before any of the ballots are actually examined by human beings.
So called, post-election "random audits" of a tiny number of paper ballots --- where paper ballots exist, where officials even bother to do that much --- are almost always useless, easily gamed, and, at any rate, almost always poorly carried out. Post-election spot-checks are no substitute for actually, ya know, counting actual ballots.
Nonetheless, election officials and media simply presume that optically-scanned ballots have been correctly tallied on Election Night because, after all, "computers are more reliable than human beings", as they like to say, and any result, apparently, is far more important than an accurate result reflecting the actual will of the voters.