Ohio Acknowledges Errors in Vote Tally For Bush

Too little, too late? But how often might this have happened?

An error with an electronic voting system gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said.

Franklin County's unofficial results had Bush receiving 4,258 votes to Democrat John Kerry's 260 votes in a precinct in Gahanna. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct.

Bush actually received 365 votes in the precinct, Matthew Damschroder, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, told The Columbus Dispatch.

Voting machine malfunctions were the cause. In North Carolina, 4,500 votes were lost. With all our resources, you would think we could figure out a reliable voting system. It's not like we didn't have four years to prepare for this election.

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