Yet again, we're seeing reports of irregularities with electronic voting machines. The most worrying stories, from many states, show various machines registering ballots incorrectly.
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Grant Gross gets going:
Tuesday's election saw scattered reports of problems with electronic-voting machines. ... In Pennsylvania, a Reddit user took video of an e-voting machine changing his vote from Obama to Romney.
There were news reports of the opposite effect...in North Carolina. ...group[s] also reported...problems in South Carolina...Virginia...Georgia...Wisconsin...Ohio. MORE
The Raleigh Telegram's anonymous newsroom gnomes scribbled this missive:
Reports across [North Carolina] have shown that some voters wanted to vote for one person, but the machine showed a different person on the screen.
In Greensboro...at the Bur-Mil Park, a voter complained that they tried to vote for Mitt Romney three times but that the ballot cast was instead for Barack Obama. Other voters...in some other parts of the state said they experienced similar issues. ... Guilford County Register of Deeds George Gilbert said that...machines have to be recalibrated periodically. [He] said that it is very important that voters review their choices before hitting the button. MORE
The pseudononymous centralpavote is horrified:
I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. ... I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney. ... I first thought the calibration was off and tried selecting Jill Stein to actually highlight Obama. Nope. ... Next I deselected her and started at the top of Romney's name and started tapping very closely together to find the 'active areas'. ...basically a small white sliver is what let me choose Obama. .... All other buttons worked fine.
I then called over a volunteer to have a look at it. She...calmly said "It's nothing to worry about"...and went back to what she was doing. MORE
Ms. Smith has déjà vu:
Election Day...wouldn't be complete without controversial claims such as "2012 voting machines altering votes." ... Voting machines have long been called hackable...your grandma could rig an election with $30 worth of RadioShack gear. MORE
But HakuPamfer just rolls his furry eyes:
PROTIP...bad calibration, not fraud. You think an altered voting machine would SHOW you? Voter, please! MORE