Election Fraud Worries Already Rampant: Widespread Reports Of Machines Flipping Votes
Why are problems encountered in ‘06 and ‘08 still occurring in 2010?
Tuesday, Oct 26th, 2010
Significant errors with voting machines have already begun to surface across the country, prompting fears that fraud could once again be a deciding factor in the elections this November.
Fox News 5 reports that voters in Boulder City, Las Vegas have already experienced dubious errors with the machines.
“Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid’s name was already checked.” the report states.
The incident was not an isolated one, with several voters encountering the same problem within minutes of each other.
Officials blamed the malfunctions on the machine’s “sensitive” screens and discounted any notion of fraud.
Similar problems have also been reported in North Carolina. With rumours of voting problems in several counties.
The New Bern Sun Journal reports:
“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.”
In this instance officials said that the machine needed to be “re-calibrated”. This error seems to be somewhat common, however, the machines do not display an error message when they need to be calibrated, the simply complete ballots for the opposite party.
The exact same problem was also reported late last week in Dallas, where computer programmer Don Relyea took the initiative to record a video of the incident. Relyea, attempted to vote for Gov. Rick Perry, yet his choice morphed into a straight-ticket Green Party vote.
A Dallas election official threatened to investigate Relyea, saying that any video taping in an election booth is illegal, and the Youtube video has since been made private.
This video dating from 2008 highlights the calibration problem with the machines