A number of software errors exist in the Global Election Management System (GEMS) voting system (version 1.18.19), from Premier Election Solutions. A “Deck Zero” error led to 179 tallied ballots inadvertently being deleted from initial results in the November 4, 2008 election in California. The count was subsequently corrected, according to California Secretary of State, Debra Bowen. The state may withdraw approval for the use of the system. — AM