Election certified with final hand count
of absentee ballots
By Ari Burack
December 8, 2007
San Francisco elections officials were able to finally certify
the results of the Nov. 6 election Friday after a hand count of
some 80,000 ballots, according to the Department of Elections.
The department was granted a weeklong extension earlier this
week to finish vote counting due to issues with the city's current
computer voting system, furnished by the Omaha, Neb. based Election
Systems and Software.
Problems arose from the ES&S machines, causing California
Secretary of State Debra Bowen to impose stricter conditions on
the tabulation of results using hand counts.
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen
Discrepancies between initial hand counts and results from the
ES&S machines resulted in the need to manually recount absentee
ballots related to measures A, E, F and G, according to Director
of Elections John Arntz.
The final tally did not significantly change the initial results
for the four measures, according to the elections department.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will approve the final election
results, and will also separately consider a resolution to replace
the ES&S computer voting system with a new $12.65 million,
four-year contract with Sequoia Voting Systems, Inc.
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