There seems to be a pattern here. The SEIU is in charge of checking machines in Nevada that seem to have the same “glitch”. I wonder if they’re doing the same in NC.
A Craven County voter says he had a near miss at the polls on Thursday when an electronic voting machine completed his straight-party ticket for the opposite of what he intended.
Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern said he pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He cleared the screen and tried again with the same result, he said. Then he asked for and received help from election staff.
“They pushed it twice and the same thing happened,” Laughinghouse said. “That was four times in a row. The fifth time they pushed it and the Republicans came up and I voted.”
M. Ray Wood, Craven County Board of elections chairman, issued a written statement saying that the elections board is aware of isolated issues and that in each case the voter was able to cast his or her ballot as desired.
Chuck Tyson, chairman of Craven County GOP, remains skeptical. He has been communicating with Wood about the issue and was invited to a meeting Wednesday with state elections officials. There were no further details about that meeting.
“Something is not right here,” Tyson told the Sun Journal. He said he “got two or three calls” from people describing the same problem while they were voting.
Accuracy is one of the most important things voters care about during elections, but there are questions in New Hanover County after voting machines were casting the wrong votes.
Yesterday was the first day of One Stop Voting. New Hanover County Elections Director Bonnie Williams says during that first day voting machines were choosing the wrong candidate. That has some people questioning the integrity of the board of elections.
Williams said the touch-screen machines needed to be recalibrated. She said this is the first time the county has ever had issues with the machines casting the wrong vote.
“I know this sounds disturbing, but it’s simply an issue that the touch screen lost its calibration,” Williams said. “There’s no conspiracy. The Board of Elections operates in a non-partisan fashion, and we really don’t have a preference as to who wins the election.”
Apparently these machines are losing their “calibration” in more than one state.