Voting Glitches Concern Voters Across United States reports Rohtek Automation
(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 18, 2012 ) Woodinville, WA -- There have been reports of both computer and human-related problems across the United States in regards to the millions that went to the polls on Tuesday.
One Pennsylvania voted noted a problem with a voting machine on YouTube, where in the touchscreen changed the vote from President Barack Obama to Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
"I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted," the man wrote. "I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney."
The allegation was not the first of foul-ups within the electronic machines. A sect of Ohio republicans claimed machines were changing Romney votes to Obama votes, while in the same state, Democrats accused Republican officials of installing experimental software at the last minute, which were untested for efficiency and quality.
Ohio seemed to have quite a few troubles compared to other states, as in the crucial swing state some machines malfunctioned in Cleveland, according to Plain Dealer. The paper quoted election officials who stated ballots would be counted by hand if machines were down.
New Jersey also had difficulty, however their situation stemmed from the superstorm Sandy more than concerns over planned nefarious behavior. Ballot casting by email caused some confusion and frustration.
"Oh no! email box for Essex County Clerk's box is full. No one can email in their ballots," said a tweet from one resident.
Betsy Morais, a writer for The New Yorker, found similar glitches.
"I went to the clerk's website, downloaded the application, and printed out two pages, which I filled in, scanned, and submitted by e-mail," she wrote.
"It bounced back. I tried again, and once more the message failed. It took three tries to get through to the clerk's office by phone. 'Oh, you can just go online to our website to find the ballot and fax it in,' I was told. I was confused."
Last-minute modifications were forced after confusion occurred regarding voters needing to mail in paper ballots as a verification of an email vote.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that voters received automated robo-calls that told voters were to occur on Wednesday. The use of Tuesday is set by the constitution, and would require a constitutional amendment in order to change it.
"We stopped it immediately when we found out about it," Nancy Whitlock of Pinellas County told the newspaper.
A similar glitch was found to be in the U.S. capitol of Washington.