Glitch Leads To Erroneous Report Of Westchester Assembly Winner

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Dewey defeats Truman. Duffy defeats Abinanti.

What do they have in common? Both headlines are incorrect.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, a technical glitch on election night led to erroneous reports that two-term Assemblyman Tom Abinanti lost.

With all precincts being reported, the Westchester County Board of Elections’ website had Abinanti losing to Republican Mike Duffy 52 percent to 48 percent. But Abinanti had in fact won with 62 percent of the vote.

There was a discrepancy between unofficial results that were called in and the actual numbers being uploaded from voting machine memory cards.

“The problem here seemed to be a software glitch, which could not accommodate both the original call-in numbers and the computer chip insertion,” said Abinanti, D-Greenburgh. “And the Board of Elections needs to determine how to fix that computer glitch.”

The voting machines are not permitted to transmit directly to the Board of Elections for fear that hackers might alter results.

Abinanti is calling for hearings.

“It highlights a deficiency in their system, and apparently other places around the state have a similar problem,” he said.

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