You would think that this close to one of the most important elections in US history election officials would have a pretty good idea as to where all those fancy electronic voting machines are. Well, apparently not considering that one of them turned up at the end of the driveway of a woman in Russell County Alabama.
Given that she hadn't ordered such a beast and figuring that maybe this sucker might be needed in the next day or two she contacted her local sheriff's office who came out to investigate the situation
Investigators summoned about 2:30 p.m. to her home on County Line Road, off Alabama 169 north of Crawford, checked the device that had been dumped in her driveway, and soon got a general idea of where the touch-screen Diebold voting machine came from: Georgia.
Where in Georgia, they could not tell. Sheriff Tommy Boswell called Nancy Boren, Columbus' elections director, who checked the machine's serial numbers and quickly determined it did not belong in her inventory.
Authorities contacted the Georgia Secretary of State's office, which agreed to send an investigator, Boswell said.
He said the machine appeared to have been out in the weather.
"It had bugs in it and had been wet on the bottom and so forth," said Boswell, by "bugs" meaning insects, not computer glitches. "The lady said it hadn't been where it was found but just two or three hours. But from the looks it's been somewhere exposed to the elements for a while."