As we and others have reported many times, a number of voters have complained that electronic voting machines are changing their votes, selecting Democrats when the voters actually chose the Republican. Until now, the reports have been generally dismissed as the rantings of conservatives seeing voter fraud at every turn. But a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday shows a voting machine doing exactly that.
A Moline, Illinois, voter made a video to prove that voting machines do, in fact, change votes. The unidentified voter said he had heard about machines having problems and decided to film when it started happening to him.
The short clip, which can be seen above, clearly shows the voter selecting a Republican. The machine, however, picked the Democrat.
Some commenters at YouTube claim the man’s finger is actually touching the line between the two candidates. The video, however, clearly shows the voter selecting the Republican.
“Slow motion frames are included in the video for added clarity,” notes an article at Truth Revolt. “Perhaps,” Trey Sanchez added, “the angle of the camera lends to the uncertainty.”
“The error appears to occur when the voter’s finger is slightly off center in the Republican box, which appears below the Democrat box,” Joel B. Pollack said at Breitbart.com. “It is apparently still possible to vote for the Republican candidate, and it is possible for a vigilant voter to correct the mistake and vote again, but a voter in a hurry might easily register a mistaken vote for the Democrat by mistake and fail to notice.” The question now is, how many votes have been erroneously cast for Democrats in the affected areas?
It’s not the first complaint regarding voting machines. According to KWQC, several voters have said the voting machines in Rock County are not calibrated correctly.
“When I went to cast my vote and touch the screen for my Republican candidate, the Democrat candidate was the one that would pop up with my x, even though I pressed the Republican candidate,” said voter Christina Kirik. “The Democrat candidate is the one it looked like I was voting for.”
“Everything was fine until I came to one candidate that I wanted to vote for and I voted for him and the “x” went in the box and then two seconds later his name and his box went away and it was just blank and it showed up in his opponents box,” added voter Joyce Glassner. According to GOP candidate Bobby Schilling, some of those votes are going to his Democratic Party opponent, Cheri Bustos.
“Two nights ago, I took a call from a supporter of mine who said that his mother-in-law had gone to the library to vote and that every time that she went to push my name that it automatically bounced up to my opponents name,” Schilling explained. “I thought, well, maybe she mixed up, she’s an older gal, but come to find out in the last two days I’ve taken 17 calls of people saying the exact same thing.”
GOP state Representative candidate Jim Moynihan also complained of the same thing when he voted in Cook County. Moynihan notified the local election judge who let him cast his ballot for the Republican. The machine was taken out of service and found to have been improperly calibrated.
Sanchez said that “scores” of voters in Maryland also experienced problems with voting machines. According to the state election board, 12 machines were “thoroughly tested” but “the problem could not be replicated.” The board blamed the error on long nails and large fingers. Similarly, the Rock Island County Clerk has dismissed reports of vote-switching machines as false and ignored concerns expressed by state Republicans.