Save Money in this Sunday's paper

N.C. Opinions: Greensboro

comments

Ghosts in the machine

From an editorial Wednesday in the (Greensboro) News & Record:

With the polls closed and several high-profile verdicts pending in Tuesday’s primary, State Board of Elections computers used an old cinematic device to build suspense: slow motion.

Watching the returns come in was like a watching the hour hand move on a clock, only not quite as fast. State officials say a programming error had stalled the pace to a crawl. At one point, the critical tally of how many precincts had reported suddenly vanished.

This latest state IT screw-up adds to a growing list:

• NC FAST software glitches delayed food stamps benefits.

• NCTracks software glitches stalled Medicaid reimbursements to health care providers.

• N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles computers lost track of thousands of vehicle inspection reports.

Now this. “We regret that initial display errors caused frustration for our voters and our county boards of elections,” said State Board of Elections Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach in an email Wednesday. “The State Board takes seriously its responsibility to report accurate and timely results.”

The elections board had moved the management of its website in-house from an outside vendor and picked Tuesday to try the new system for the first time. Very bad idea.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more



Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more


Quick Job Search
Salary Databases
Your 2 Cents
Share your opinion with our Partners
Learn More
CharlotteObserver.com