An 18-Year-Old Assists Oregon In Finding A Software Bug That Prevented 8,000 Voters From Being Registered

According to a statement from the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, a mistake that had been present for the previous six years prevented the pre-registration of over 8,000 Oregonians to vote.

In order to ensure that the 7,767 eligible voters who were impacted can cast a ballot in the November General Election, the problem has subsequently been corrected, and ballots are anticipated to be mailed later this week.

Ben Morris from the Oregon Secretary of State’s office claims that a call from a young voter served as the catalyst for the discovery of the issue. After going to the DMV when they were 16 years old, the voter did not obtain their ballot as they had anticipated.

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Voting information is often provided automatically to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office to register or update voters for each Oregonian who has a qualifying interaction with their DMV. The office learned Friday that a technical glitch had prevented the 18-year-old from being properly processed as it should have after looking into their records, according to Morris.

They found the mistake in the software’s writing when they were examining it, Morris continued.

More precisely, 16 and 17-year-olds whose birthdays are within a month of their DMV contact were not pre-registered because the software used by the Secretary of State’s office to manage the transfer was erroneously written.

An 18-Year-Old Assists Oregon In Finding A Software Bug
An 18-Year-Old Assists Oregon In Finding A Software Bug

In order to ascertain the number of impacted voters, the leadership of the Elections and Information Systems Division at the Oregon Secretary of State’s office convened on Friday afternoon.

The error did not affect any of the other 2,976,195 registered voters; instead, it only affected 7,767 registrants who would otherwise be able to cast ballots in the 2022 election.

The pre-registration procedure was impacted by the software issue, but only if the person’s birthday was within a month of their interaction with the DMV, according to Morris.

According to Morris, affected Oregonians may have gone on to interact with the DMV in the future or register online, self-correcting the issue without being aware that there was a problem.

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In the announcement, Secretary of State Shemia Fagan stated that it was unacceptable for eligible voters in Oregon to not receive their votes. “My technical staff worked all weekend to fix the software flaw found on Friday, and I will be conducting a full examination of our systems to make sure no other flaws affect Oregonians’ ability to participate in our democracy,” said the president of the company.

The release stated that Fagan met with the executive committee of the Oregon Association of County Clerks (OACC) on Saturday morning to present the solution and offer assistance to county clerks. The president of the OACC was informed on Friday night.

Ballots will be distributed to eligible voters, and the program was fixed on Saturday.

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