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Ohio Touch Screen Changes Romney Votes into Obama Votes

By GOPUSA Staff

Ohio is one of the most hotly contested states in the nation for this year's presidential election. Every vote matters, and every vote that gets changed by acts of fraud or computer glitch is a reason for concern. Just look at what's happening at one Ohio voting location.

As reported by the Marion Star, voting problems sprung up with the touch screen voting machines. When Mitt Romney was selected, Barack Obama was highlighted instead.

Joan Stevens was one of several early voters at the polls on Monday. But when Stevens tried to cast her ballot for president, she noticed a problem.

Upon selecting "Mitt Romney" on the electronic touch screen, Barack Obama's name lit up.

It took Stevens three tries before her selection was accurately recorded.

"You want to vote for who you want to vote for, and when you can't it's irritating," Stevens said.

When Stevens reported the problem, she was initially told that the "machine had been having problems all day." If the machine had been having problems, it should have been taken offline. Continuing to use a machine that is faulty is irresponsible.

After more complaining, the machine was finally recalibrated and tested, but only after Stevens was told that she probably wasn't using the machine correctly.

Get ready. There are still five more days until Election Day. That's plenty of time for even more machines to "have problems all day."

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    November 1, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    Hopefully Hurrcane Sandy put these machines out of commission,,,at least for another week in the New England Blue States where they fourish

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    • ptbaaComment by ptbaa
      November 1, 2012 @ 9:28 am

      “Continuing to use a machine that is faulty is irresponsible.”

      Continuing to use a machine that is fault is MORE than irresponsible, it is (or should be) criminal. Do the words “voter fraud” mean anything?

      The election judge for the precinct or polling station is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the process at that location are they not? If you have voted early, get out there and be a legitimate poll watcher. Make sure they do their job on election day when 60% or so of the votes in this election will be cast.

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      November 1, 2012 @ 11:24 am

      There have been several of these stories coming out. None of them have been about machines that default to Romney when Obama is selected.

      To me, that says it’s deliberate … and illegal.

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    • susieqComment by susieq
      November 1, 2012 @ 11:28 am

      People need to go to http://www.hulu.com and watch the documentary called “Hacking Democracy.”(2007) It is an excellent insight to the voting process and how it can be fixed. Best of all it is free to watch online.

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    • dfinchComment by dfinch
      November 1, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

      This is going on now in NC. They’ve had the default to Obama in 3 cities in one county.

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  2. billwvComment by billwv
    November 1, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    How [Demoncrat] convenient. A machine that takes over for the Romney placed vote and makes it Ozero. Every crook at a polling place needs to be arrested and taken downtown for interrogation.
    I hope all the Dem cheaters and hackers get caught.

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    • gm1919Comment by gm1919
      November 1, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

      They won’t. It’s called Chicago politics. They have never been in an election they haven’t rigged. This is like a banana republic. Can anyone say Chavez, Castro, Putin?

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  3. Chief CockeyeComment by Chief Cockeye
    November 1, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    I don’t trust electronic voting machines. I was an aviation electronics technician most of my career and a radar technician/computer systems analyst for the last 15 years. It is way too easy to rig the machine to produce an output that is totally different than the input. And there would be absolutely no way to ‘re-count’ the votes. NEVER go paperless when doing anything as important as voting.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      November 1, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

      If electronic machines are going to be used, there at least has to be a paper back-up to minimize the possibility of fraud.

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  4. RME KRNLComment by RME KRNL
    November 1, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Strange these voting machine “malfunctions” are happening in multiple states. Do SEIU union employees, Obama’s purple T-shirt wearing and thuggish buddies, service the machines and are they everywhere?

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    • BobinmsComment by Bobinms
      November 1, 2012 @ 11:17 am

      And the “mis-calibrations” always changes the vote from Rep to Dem. Never the other way around!

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  5. Diana LarabyComment by Diana Laraby
    November 1, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Every story I read on this talks about what happened with the machine, but never about hwo the state of Ohio is investigating. WHY?????????????????????????

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    • Allen SComment by Allen S
      November 1, 2012 @ 11:40 am

      that is may question. Why are the machines still be used and what is being done about it? How many people know to keep trying to get the person they are trying to vote for? This a huge problem that needs to be corrected immediately.
      People, WE need to pray an ask to intervene against this fraud and pray that America can get back on the right track and glorify Jesus Christ with our lives.

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  6. Ollie_FanComment by Ollie_Fan
    November 1, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    I actually enjoy reading the comments section of the more conservative news sites and the one issue I see constantly is we want, no, demand a fair and honest election.
    We have fought the Democrats for the better part of a year to ensure that legal citizens are the individuals voting. We have won some battles and lost some.
    Now we have this. Most conservative voters I know absolutely abhor the digital voting machines and have serious concerns. We all know it’s more difficult to cheat when ballots are counted by people (overwatched by each party), so how has it come to this?

    All we are looking for is a beyond all shadow of doubt honest electoral process and it seems Democrats reject anything that would supply it. What the heck does that tell you about them and their ideology?

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    • dfinchComment by dfinch
      November 1, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

      From this documentary it’s also the scanners but at least you still have a paper vote.

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  7. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    November 1, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    Can you imagine the media outrage if the opposite was happening (Obama votes changing to Romney votes)? Unless it was done intentionally, you would think even Democrats would be concerned about erratic actions of voting machines since it would have the potential to harm both parties equally.

    Of course if the machine was intentionally rigged to malfunction in their favor, the less-honorable Democrats might simply see it as justice. After all, they think hurricanes that disrupt Republican activities are some sort of divine intervention.

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    • RME KRNLComment by RME KRNL
      November 1, 2012 @ 10:21 am

      I like you, txgoatlady. You always make such good, common sense comments.

      See my earlier comments about SEIU union workers probably “servicing” the machines.

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    • crunchemComment by crunchem
      November 1, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

      What would happen if a ‘false flag’ voting malfunction happened? i.e. someone DID report an ‘Obama’ vote changing to a ‘Romney’ vote? Then when we compare the response time and diligence in correcting or dismissing the machine, we’ll have a real interesting story to tell, eh?

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  8. rcrcComment by rcrc
    November 1, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    If it was an Obama choice that was defaulting to Romney, oh how quickly they would have shut that machine down… or even the entire voting location until it could be corrected. In my location we still use the reliable Ink-A-Dot card ballot. Works flawlessly if you align your ballet properly in the holder (simple to put the ballot holes onto the holding pegs). Computers are only as reliable as the people setting them up, or the quality of the equipment. Paper ballots are actually handled and controlled by the voter. Why change a successful method for the sake of faulty modern technology?

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    • cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
      November 1, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

      If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Our modern way is to make things “better”. Look what’s happened to Windows.

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  9. JDZComment by JDZ
    November 1, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Just another example of the level the Democrats will go to stay in power, and indicative of the concerns we have for the validity of our voting registration and actual voting processes. And, only the Democrats continue to fight adding discipline and more checks and balances into our voting system. For example, requiring photo IDs when going into the voting booths (President Obama used photo ID when voting in Illinois) always gets challenged by liberals, not conservatives. In 2008, every close election that required a recount was won by the Democratic candidate even when they lost the original election results. Votes that were not originally counted magically appeared out of no where, for example. Many of the votes from those in the military somehow got lost or did not arrive in time to be counted. Votes from dead people and felons in prison were discovered after the fact. Etc.

    The public service unions “volunteers” (like the SEIU) are the ground troops for the Democrat campaign team and I do not trust them to be unbiased and trustworthy when they get involved at such low levels in the process. In 2008, it was ACORN that committed all kinds of voter fraud that led to numerous law suits and arrests(after the fact) and this year, it is the SEIU and others that are doing the dirty work for the Democratic party.

    You can bet that if Romney wins this election, there is going to be challenges of all kinds to the election results by the Democrats, especially in states where the results are close. These people will do anything to stay in power.

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      November 1, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

      I’ve said before that in order for Romney to win it will have to be a landslide victory. anything remotely close will go to Obama; the “election fairy” will see to that – count on it.

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  10. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    November 1, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    We have machines with a dial and buttons. They are totally obnoxious and every election the staff have to put up huge signs informing voters that they are NOT touch screens. I would imagine some older people might have trouble dialing the correct vote, but as long as we don’t disenfranchise the Obama voters we’re okay.

    We used to have paper ballots. I think those went away shortly after the Al Gore debacle in Florida. For some reason everyone decided that electronic voting was the only legitimate way to vote.

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    • LardoComment by Lardo
      November 1, 2012 @ 11:07 am

      “For some reason everyone decided that electronic voting was the only legitimate way to vote.”

      It is. That is if by “legitimate” you mean most reliable way to rig the election.

      If these is a way to cheat, Democrats will be for it. If there is a way to prevent cheating, Democrats will be opposed to it.

      But relax. It’s for our own good. Oh… and for the children.

      “The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” – Albert Camus

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    • Allen SComment by Allen S
      November 1, 2012 @ 11:44 am

      Here in my district in CA we still use pen/pencils to color in the circles. Seems to work fine without technology.

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  11. fedupwobamaComment by fedupwobama
    November 1, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    The Demmocrats are so desperate they will stop at nothing to get their candidate in office again. If it is found that some machines, at a polling place, are tampered with – shut them down and go to paper ballots. If they can read what’s on the screen, and press for a candidate, then they should be able to write that name on a paper ballot…PERIOD. I am totally Fed Up with the political shenanigans of BOTH parties. Why aren’t the perpetrators arrested, fined and put in jail for the felony they have committed? Until this happens, nothing will change, unless every eligible voter votes.

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  12. smthnsmllsnthewhthowsmstbobaaaamaComment by smthnsmllsnthewhthowsmstbobaaaama
    November 1, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    Another polling place having problems with Obama’s name coming up after the button for Romney has been selected? myfox8.com ran an article on October 24 about the same thing happening over in Guilford County and in a couple of places. Electronics, aren’t they wonderful. Glad that I was able to color in the squares on my absentee ballot and not have to worry that a machine would be making all the decisions for me. If states were wise, they would take their machines to their local dumps and do things differently.

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    • RME KRNLComment by RME KRNL
      November 1, 2012 @ 11:30 am

      I agree about not really trusting electronic voting machines, but regarding your absentee ballot, now all you have to worry about is that it’s not “lost,” especially if it’s for Romney and your local election officials are Democrats.

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  13. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    November 1, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    If this is happening all over the country we are DOOMED!

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    • RME KRNLComment by RME KRNL
      November 1, 2012 @ 11:20 am

      Unfortunately, it doesn’t have to happen all over the country, only in the key, swing states, you know, like Ohio.

      What I want to know is where is the frickin’ FEC on Obama’s allegedly illegal campaign contributions (just as in 2008, when the FEC did nothing), as well as these seemingly spreading vote machine malfunctions?

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  14. Gabrielle SymeComment by Gabrielle Syme
    November 1, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    I’m an Ohio voter. When my husband did the early, mail-in voting, I opted to wait and do it in person. I thought — and still do think — that it would be too easy for his vote to get conveniently lost or mis-placed.

    But now, there’s this. One thing to know about these machines, when you’ve cast your on-screen vote, there’s a little scrolling print-out that shows your choice, then scrolls up inside the machine. Ohio voters should double-check this print-out after they’ve cast their vote. I suppose the print-outs are a source for a re-count, in the event of a contested race.

    I don’t think I like all this early voting. Too much opportunity for mischief.

    I think I’ll call my county’s GOP HQ (or maybe Romney’s local HQ?) to see if they intend to make sure this isn’t happening here.

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    • cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
      November 1, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

      The printouts don’t mean anything. It’s all in how the machine is set up to make the final talley.

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  15. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    November 1, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    From the picture, it appears that those are the same machines used in Maryland, where I am an election judge. A totally one-party, Democratic, state. Voting in Maryland is almost totally meaningless, and has been for many years. The only state that Reagan did NOT carry.

    But since election judges are NOT allowed to review the voters submissions in real time, I wonder how I would be able to detect this obvious criminal practice. These are not ‘flawed’ machines. It is not a matter of ‘calibration’.

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  16. RME KRNLComment by RME KRNL
    November 1, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    To Mort_f, then what could be causing it? If not calibration, could some other setting on the machine cause a default vote for Obama, no matter what choice the voter makes? Do you know, are the machines “serviced” by Obama buddy members of the SEIU union?

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    • Mort_fComment by Mort_f
      November 1, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

      Considering the demography of the service technicians that supply our machines, I have no doubt about their personal bias. But also, considering the demography of the area, it would be the height of foolishness, to ‘re-calibrate’ here in my precict.I as pointing out a difficulty that an election judge faces in truly being a ‘judge’.

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  17. Jack BComment by Jack B
    November 1, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    4 years ago you voted for Obama to show you was not a racest…this time vote for someone else to show you are not ignorant

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  18. middlegroundComment by middleground
    November 1, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    Twenty years ago when I was taken through the plant that manufactured the machines that read mark sense voting sheets, the machines had a hard-wired card that was unique to each ballot. These machines were being shipped all over the world where governments wanted honest elections. The machines read 6,000 ballots an hour with no mistakes when the proper pencil or pen had been used. A small number were rejected because two or more boxes had been marked and those were read by hand. We were looking at the machine to grade tests, but tests presented a different situation in that you couldn’t insert a hard-wired card.

    There is no excuse for touch-screen machines making mistakes unless they been designed to do this on purpose, and that is the reason the counting machines need to be owned or leased from honest companies, and we know that is not the case. What is the answer. Basically, machines that can be rented anywhere there are elections or multi-purpose machines used for elections and exam grading.

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  19. Comment by Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    Amazing, isn’t it. This is the second Ohio precinct to report the same problem, and each time the machine “defaults” to Obama, and not the other way round. If it was the so-called computer glitch, it should have random crossover votes. On second thoughts, it’s not amazing at all. Someone rigged the voting machines.

    Funnily enough, four years ago an episde of The Simpsons had Homer trying to vote for Obama, and each time he touched the Obama box on the screen the machine said “One Vote for McCain.” Not in this world, where Democrats will do anything to win, including taking busloads of illegal aliens to vote, refusing to purge felons (who are not allowed to vote) from the Florida voter lists, and Obama accepting illegal foreign campaign contributions.

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  20. braines57Comment by braines57
    November 1, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    I voted early and have volunteered to work at the polls on election day. We use a machine here in TN and when I took the required class for everyone who is working at the polls, we were able to enter “test” ballots and perform a “test count”. I would expect that process to be part of any election board in any state. My advice is for those who are concerned and can, volunteer to work at the polls in your county on election day, not just this year, but in the future as well. Our process was designed that as long as “we the people” participate, we can ensure that we have honest elections. I understand Mort_f’s frustration with his state process. I am and have always been a Republican, as has my family, and I am originally from (shriek) Chicago! My mom worked the polls every year for that very reason – she couldn’t do anything about other polling places, but she could ensure that there was no “funny business” at hers. She actually worked a Chicago precinct when Kennedy ran against Nixon. The machines at her precinct were tallied correctly and when the state election “officials” came by after the polls closed to “review”, they could find no reason to “re-validate” her results. Mysteriously, machines from other precincts went “missing” that year and I have been told (by someone who claimed to have seen them) they are still below City Hall in the catacombs.The best way to ensure an honest election is for all of us to participate. The Dems have that 47% who sit around all day with nothing else to do, so they have “shovel ready” resources at their disposal. We need to be vigilant as well. Borrow a page from their play book and remember that if you see anything “funny” taking place, a cell-phone video uploaded to YouTube is an easy way to document.

    NOVEMBER 6, 2012 – NATIONAL TAKE OUT THE TRASH DAY!

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  21. capthalComment by capthal
    November 1, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    Didn’t I read earlier that these machines are from a George Soros Company?

    Nothing happening here…Move Along.
    You going to believe me? or your lying eyes???

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  22. theoldsargeComment by theoldsarge
    November 1, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    I would bet that is one flaw you aren’t going to hear the OSCE monitors pointing out in their report.

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  23. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    November 1, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    The big problem is, since the machine had been having problems all day, how many votes had already been converted to Nobama?. How many people are not paying attention, and just let it stand instead of changing it again, and also complaining to the poll officials very loud and clear?. That machine should have been taken offline the first mention of a problem with it. To let it continue to malfunction for the day is criminal.
    If the machine had been acting up all day, I cannot imagine that hardly any one other than this lady complained about it. It is possible, they did complain, however, and that nothing was done because they, like this lady, did not push the issue until it was at least somewhat resolved.
    People need to smart up, as this election is without a doubt, THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR TIMES, mine some 7 decades plus. Most literally, it has come down to either America being taken over, or We the People taking it back from the Communist, Muslim, Anti-American who now sits in power.
    There is not a single doubt in my mind that Nobama will do anything, ANYTHING, to keep his position. If this includes making it happen through hacked voting machines, or intimidation, then it will be done.
    Elections must be above suspicion, reproach, with the one which the people really choose, without fraud, or help from a hacker, being the real elected person.
    Please, Please, Please, check your vote carefully, especially if on a machine, touch or otherwise. We cannot let this man win re-election through default. Make sure your vote goes exactly as you mark it, and if anything seems amiss, immediately pull a official in, and scream loud and long about voter fraud, Call your local news, email your local news, and make sure the word gets out that the vote is not above board, but set to let Nobama win regardless of whom is actually voted for. Enough mud thrown, will result in some sticking, and attention being paid to it.
    Make your vote count, it will take each one, as this could be a very close election, decided not in thousands, or millions of votes, but in hundreds.
    This election is much too critical to allow fraud to determine the winner, instead of the Peoples choice.
    Stand up for the most important right you have, the ability to elect the person you want to be President… Do not allow the election to be stolen, make sure your vote counts.

    TAKE OUT THE TRASH ON NOV. 6TH.
    VOTE AMERICAN, ROMNEY/RYAN.

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  24. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    November 1, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    A further word.

    Our machines are loaded with ‘tamper tapes’, and ‘tamper locks’. A false sense of security, as they only present a deterrence to local, on-site tampering.

    I equate the reports to the operations of slot machines. The owner/operator of a slot machine has the ability to set the payoff percentage. He is even given a manual on how to do it.In respect to voting machines, I doubt if ‘adjustment’ of its software can be performed at a local precinct, but could be done at the central repository for the machines. An astute ‘adjuster’ would only have the software ‘modify’ a percentage of the votes cast.

    My concern is how to implement a system where the election judges could be effective monitors, while maintaining the principle of a secret ballot. I am not concerned with ‘hacking’, as our machines are incommunicado during the election process, and there is a paper printout from each machine before the report to election headquarters. But there is an old computer term, GIGO, Garbage In Garbage Out.

    I am a retired engineer, with a Masters Degree, and course work in cybersecurity. I do not have a solution to the problem, but when instances are found, I believe that criminal prosecution for treason is appropriate.

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    • franktexasComment by franktexas
      November 2, 2012 @ 11:47 am

      No one was able to replicate the error…most machine will highlight a selection before a vote is cast. You could select ROMNEY then move the cursor down and OBAMA would be highlighted but not SELECTED. Looks like the Right Wing is trying to preface a story where if Romney loses, it must be voter fraud. But it’s almost certainly either a deliberate misinformation plant story or a confused voter. When elderly Florida voters in 2000 both marked Gore and also wrote in the name Gore, THOSE votes were discarded as “overvotes” and the voters were mocked for being too stupid to be worthy of having their votes counted.

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  25. kevin30144Comment by kevin30144
    November 1, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    The data does not lie. If when examining these “glitches” they find all the glitches were changing Romney votes to Obama votes then a full scale criminal investigation needs to be launched. At any rate, a glitch is a flaw in the code, and they can trace back the code to the programmer(s) to be questioned under oath. This is serious!
    No matter how you vote, this is paramount to our democratic process.

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