Letters to the Editor

Phishing didn’t disrupt polls

I am writing concerning the article about the polling problems in Durham County. I worked Election Day, and all early voting days.

The computers using the VR Systems called EVID (Electronic Voting ID) are stand-alone laptops, not connected to the Internet. No phishing could have been done on those laptops.

The county-wide delay was caused by internal software problems involving data-entry for provisional ballots. Those ballots were hand-written, with minimal delays.

It was another problem that caused the shutdown of all 200+ laptops county-wide, mandated by the State Board of Elections. All precincts went to backup paper lists, used until 2014. Voters gave their name and address found on those lists, and received their ballots.

Paper Authorization To Vote (ATV) forms, which the voter signed, were exhausted at the eight precincts with closing time extended. They were ordered to stay open the same amount of time each one was out of ATVs, from 20 minutes to an hour. BOE staff members brought enough ATVs for the rest of the day at all precincts. Ballots never ran out.

Five of the six cards mentioned had no connection to Election Day. They were from the early voting locations. They had nothing to do with the VR Systems (EVID).

As one of the 57 chief judges and one of the 13 early voting supervisors, I can vouch that the VR system was stand-alone for each computer, and almost impossible to hack by any means.

Michael Hale Gray


The writer is chief judge of Precinct 23, and supervisor at East Library and Durham Technical Community College polling places.