Missing US votes spark lawsuit

Ohio official sues e-voting vendor for dropped votes
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has filed a lawsuit against an electronic-voting machine vendor, saying the vendor should pay damages for dropped votes in the state’s March primary election.

E-voting machines from Premier Election Solutions, formerly called Diebold Election Systems, dropped hundreds of votes in 11 Ohio counties during the primary election, as the machine’s memory cards uploaded to vote-counting servers, Brunner’s office said. Officials in Brunner’s office later discovered the dropped votes in other counties after voting officials in Butler County discovered about 150 dropped votes, said Jeff Ortega, Brunner’s assistant director of communications.

The votes were recovered and included in the final counts but could have easily been overlooked, Ortega said.

A Premier spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for the company’s comments on the lawsuit.

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