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Elections chief Bucher: ‘This is not a human error’

by George Bennett | March 20th, 2012

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Palm Beach County’s elections office appears to have figured out the correct results for three Wellington elections after declaring two wrong winners last week and certifying the results to the state.

But in the home of the 2000 “butterfly ballot,” does the fact that erroneous results went undetected for nearly six days in an election with fewer than 6,000 voters carry implications for the November presidential election?

Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher characterized the problem as an isolated and unprecedented software glitch that was detected and corrected using routine audit procedures. She said no one in her office is to blame — and she took exception to questions about whether voters might question her office’s ability to deliver accurate results in the future.

“This is not a human error. This is a computer-generated error, one that is on a computer system that is tested and certified by the state of Florida,” Bucher told reporters.

When WPEC Channel 12 reporter Al Pefley asked Bucher if she is worried that “many people don’t have confidence that you can get this right,” Bucher replied: “I’m not going to answer your question.”

After Pefley persisted that she is the supervisor of elections, Bucher said:

“I am the supervisor of elections and I just explained what happened. And so I’m hopeful that people will hear the real story and not one that is generated by the media and they will understand that it is a software error. We have the engineers at the home office of Dominion (vendor Dominion Voting Systems) looking into it. They’ve just received the file and they will provide us with some background and some updates so that we will be able to test the upgraded software and make sure that these kinds of errors do not exist within the body of the software.

“This in no way is a human error. This is a software error. We’ve used the software since 2007 and this has never happened in Palm Beach County.”

After answering some other questions from reporters, Pefley tried again to get Bucher to address the larger confidence question.

“I explained to you what happened,” Bucher said, ending the interview and walking back to the tabulating area.

11 Responses to “Elections chief Bucher: ‘This is not a human error’”

  1. Susan's Excuses Says:

    Verify, verify, verify.

    Susan Bucher, as Supervisor of Elections, should have verified there was no problem with each and every ballot in the races prior to March 13th.

    That is a human problem.

    Nearly everyone has had a problem with computers, we know they are not perfect.

    Someone in the media ask why she didn’t have a trial run prior to the voting to test each ballot?

  2. What else is new? Says:

    Despite the reassurances of the media and govt hacks, it really doesn’t matter who people vote for nor how many people vote. All that really matters is WHO counts the votes and who THEY decide will win. Voting today is nothing but a ‘feel good’ show.

  3. No room Says:

    And the US is complaining to Russia about voting irregularities, there. We’ve been complaining about this for over a decade in PBC.

  4. obvious Says:

    Bucher’s arrogance and incompetence is not new. Her office covers up its errors and she brazens it out — often with The Post’s indifference. Consider the Palm Beach mayoral election. There should be no human error in the next election: vote her out. And The Post should stop enabling her.

  5. observing the passing parade Says:

    I am not going to hold myself up as a software expert, but logic would strongly suggest that the software would make the same mistake on all the ballots, and not just on the Wellington ballots…..so something was done differently or incorrectly at some point in the daisy chain.

    This is human error.

    And this is gross incompetence at the highest levels to blame the software, when the other 19 elections using the same software had no problems.

    or did they???

  6. Just Axing Says:

    It’s still Bucher’s responsibility to run an error-free election. The Buck stops with Bucher. But she’s a Democrat so she’s allowed to slide.

  7. Fred Says:

    BUCHER….LOL MORE LIKE WEXLER AND CRIST THAT GAVE THE DAMN BAD VOTING MACHINES, PAPERLESS BALLOT. Throw those scum in jail where they belong already.

  8. It's obscene! Says:

    25 Secret Service Agents accompany Malia Obama on her spring break vacation to Mexico.

    How about staying in the USA and do some community service like helping to build Homes for Humanity instead of wasting taxpayers’ money on subsidizing a vacation with TWENTY FIVE SECRET SERVICE AGENTS TAGGING ALONG!

  9. Bill Neubauer Says:

    Harry Truman told us where the “buck stops.” Bucher is a term-limited politician, not an election specialist. Even so, in this computer age, she should be familiar with (GiGO–garbage in, garbage out) Whoever was in charge of the computers has to be responsible for the errors AND SHOULD BE FIRED. Our political society is getting all too tolerant of errors without penalties.

  10. Come ON! Says:

    The error was in the Wellington ballot design and Susan Bucher not PRETESTING the ballot BEFORE the race.

    Why didn’t Bucher run a test to see if there was any synchronization problem PRIOR to voting?

    A few sample ballots from ALL races would have caught the error!

    Just don’t like my elected official denying ANY responsibility in this mess.

    It’s everybody’s fault, but Susan Bucher’s.

    Pathetic!

  11. g-d pity this CITY Says:

    THEY ALSO GAVE THE WRONG ADDRESS TO A POLLING PLACE. WE WONDER HOW MANY PEOPLE COULD NOT FIND THE PLACE TO VOTE.

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