Electronic Voting Alert: Vote, But Vote with Care

Be very, very careful when you vote by electronic ballot or risk giving your vote to the wrong candidate. Double check, then check it again, and if you see a problem, report it loudly and immediately.

It seems touch-screen voting machines in West Virginia have minds of their own. According to The Charleston Gazette, early voters in Putnam and Jackson Counties are reporting that when they vote for Democrats, their votes get switched to Republican candidates.

Like 81-year-old Calvin Thomas, who says:

“When I pushed Obama, it jumped to McCain. When I went down to governors office and punched [Gov. Joe] Manchin, it went to the other dude. When I went to Karen Facemyer [the incumbent Republican state senator], I pushed the Democrat, but it jumped again….The rest of them were OK, but the machine sent my votes for those top three offices from the Democrat to the Republican.”

So far, there are no reports of votes flipping in the other direction (though that doesnt mean they didn’t). Voting again seemed to fix the problem for Thomas and others in the news reports. Of course, they caught the machine’s errors; there’s no way to know how many voters didn’t notice when their votes went to “the other dude.”

… Nothing much appears to be happening [in response]. The Election Systems & Software machines that have caused problems in dozens of precincts around the nation are still in use, awaiting the nation’s choice for president. For the mainstream media it’s an old story that lacks sexy visuals and can’t be boiled down to 22 words or less.

So let me see if I have this straight. Alleged yet unproven instances of voter registration fraud = enormous threat to democracy. Actual vote fraud? Nothing to see here, please move along. Are we a Soviet republic yet?

via InfoWorld: Vote early, vote often — but above all, vote carefully

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