When it comes to elections in this country, the philosophy is supposed to be “every vote counts”, right?

Well, maybe not.

A voting system used in 34 states contains a critical programming error that can cause votes to be dropped while being electronically transferred from memory cards to a central tallying point, the manufacturer acknowledges.

The problem was identified after complaints from Ohio elections officials following the March primary there, but the logic error that is the root of the problem has been part of the software for 10 years, said Chris Riggall, a spokesman for Premier Election Solutions, formerly known as Diebold.

A logic bug that’s been around for ten years?  Even the Big Monopoly of Redmond pushes out fixes for their crappy software faster than that.

But it gets worse.  When the problem was discovered, the company blamed it on third party anti-virus software.

Which brings up the question of why it’s necessary to protect against viruses on a system that by all rights should be closed to any outside network?

Supposedly there are “crosscheck procedures” election officials can use when they certify the results.

However, and correct me if I’m wrong, wasn’t electronic voting supposed to make counting the ballots more accurate and fair after the 2000 disaster in Florida?

Or am I just being paranoid and/or naive?