Saturday, May 19, 2007
The havoc brought the county's network -- and the electronic voting system which relies on it -- to its knees as Internet access was all but lost at voting locations for two hours that afternoon. Voters in one of the nation's most hotly contested Congressional elections were unable to cast ballots during the outage, since officials were unable to verify registration data.
From Computerworld's report on The 2006 electronic vote in Sarasota County, Florida
Voting should not depend on timely access to the public Internet. Also, any systems near the voting machinery should be better maintained than these were.