Early voting started in Illinois, and it has gotten off to a questionable start, to say the least. As votes were being cast for Republican candidates, they were mysteriously changed to Democratic votes.
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Republican state representative candidate, Jim Moynihan, had some interesting accounts when he went to vote.
According to a WatchDog.org report:
“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”
Now, understandable the Republican state representative was shocked when he discovered the error at the Schaumburg Public Library.
He added, “Clearly, I am concerned that citizens will be unable to vote for the candidate of their choice, especially if they are in a hurry and do not double check their ballot,” added Moynihan. “I cannot say whether or not this was intentional, but Cook County voters deserve better and should not have their right to vote suppressed.”
Moynihan took to Twitter to offer a fair warning to any Republican partaking in early voting in Illinois: “Be careful when you vote in Illinois. Make sure you take the time to check your votes before submitting.”
It seems the problem has already been addressed and rectified, according to Cook County Clerk’s Office Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti who informed the public that the machine was taken out of service and was tested for tampering.
It turned out“this was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine,” Scalzitti said. “When Mr. Moynihan used the touch-screen, it improperly assigned his votes due to improper calibration.”
Scalzitti was quick to point out that the state representative’s candidate votes were not cast and reminded voters to always check that your cast is correct before submitting. Scalzitti concluded by praising Moynihan for checking his ballot and alerting the election judge of the machine’s failure.