At least two early voters in the state of Texas, which several polls have moved in to the “toss up” category for the first time in decades. Both cases allege that a voting machine switched a straight vote for a Republican ticket to a straight Democratic ticket. The people involved took to social media to voice their concerns.
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?
Edit: this happened this morning In Arlington TX. Mon, Oct 24, 2016, which is also when I posted!
That post was followed up by Lisa Houlette posting the following account to Facebook:
Gary and I went to early vote today…I voted a straight Republican ticket and as I scrolled to submit my ballot I noticed that the Republican Straight ticket was highlighted, however, the clinton/kaine box was also highlighted! I tried to go back and change and could not get it to work. I asked for help from one of the workers and she couldn’t get it to go back either. It took a second election person to get the machine to where I could correct the vote to a straight ticket. Be careful and double check your selections before you cast your vote! Don’t hesitate to ask for help. I had to have help to get mine changed.
Here are the Facebook embeds that alleged voted fraud in the first place:
However, Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner issued a statement saying there is no voter fraud taking place and no malfunctioning machines have been found.
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.”