Just a few days after reports emerged out of Texas that voting machines reportedly changed the votes of some residents from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton, we now have some new allegations of voting machine issues, this time in the swing state of Georgia.
Both Texas and Georgia are normally solidly Republican states in presidential elections. However, recent polls indicate both states could be in play this year and Democrats are spending big money to try and flip them.
According to a report from the Atlanta Journal of Constitution:
A voting machine in Bryan County that may have been “flipping” some Georgia voters’ picks for president has been removed from service, after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the problem to state elections officials.
A voter who experienced a problem while early voting contacted the AJC, saying it took three tries Tuesday on a machine at the county’s administration complex in Richmond Hill before it correctly recorded his choice of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
He said on the first two tries, he initially selected Clinton but the touchscreen on the machine then changed to show his selection as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump — which he canceled before trying again. He said his wife had a similar experience on the same machine.
Election officials were investigating the claim, but said the issue was likely a calibration error in the machines. Most electronic voting machines utilize touch screen technology. When not properly calibrated, the screen that people see and the layer of sensors that record touch are not lined up so clicking on area of a screen could affect another area.
Election officials always urge all voters to double check their choices before finalizing their votes. Georgia shows voters a finalized summary screen of all of your votes before you submit the ballot.
The issue reported in Georgia seems to be the exact opposite of the issue reported in Texas. In the case of the Texas votes, two women reported their votes were changed from Trump to Clinton.
Shandy Clark posted the following account on her Facebook page:
Hey everyone, just a heads up! I had a family member that voted this morning and she voted straight Republican. She checked before she submitted and the vote had changed to Clinton! She reported it and made sure her vote was changed back. They commented that It had been happening. She is trying to get the word out and asked that we post and share. Just want everyone’s vote to be accurate and count. Check your vote before you submit! Mary Sims-Beckham and Bradina Benson do y’all know how to report this?
The allegations sparked a formal response from Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner that stated:
There is nothing wrong with any of the machines we use for voting,” Tanner said in her statement. “They do not flip your vote. They do not flip parties. Humans do that.”
“There was one incident in Randall County where a voter voted straight ticket and when they hit the vote button, it flipped parties…The machine was then checked and nothing was wrong with the machine.”
“I urge the voters to take the opportunity to review their ballot before they hit the vote button,” Tanner said. “As everyone knows, our fingers don’t always do what our brain tells them.”