(Image source: YouTube / centralpavote)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

There’s already a lot of skepticism over electronic voting machines — and with videos like this one cropping up, that probably won’t change anytime soon.

YouTube user centralpavote uploaded this video of an electronic voting machine repeatedly changing a vote for Barack Obama to a vote for Mitt Romney. The video was reportedly shot in Pennsylvania.

The man, who claimed to be a software developer, said the other buttons worked fine, but the area of the screen dedicated to Mitt Romney’s button overlapped most of Obama’s button.

The video went viral, getting over 85,000 votes on Reddit in 9 hours.

Mother Jones confirmed the voting machine was taken offline and recalibrated before being put back into service.

The video led some commentators to wonder — is something sinister going on? A writer for Forbes says:

“The thing about the machine just being miscalibrated is that if that were the case, all of the touch targets would have been out of alignment. … This could just be an isolated occurrence, but … this could also be part of a concerted pattern of offhand seeming manipulation.”

But if someone is manipulating the voting machines — they don’t seem to be able to decide on a candidate.

Last week, the Republican National Committee sent a letter to the secretaries of state of six states, saying there had been complaints that machines were switching Romney votes to Obama votes.

North Carolina was one of those states. Charlotte’s WSOC caught up with voters who said it  happened to them.

“Two voters this morning tell us that when they tried to push the button to vote for Mitt Romney for president the machine instead put the checkmark next to the name of President Barack Obama.”

A writer for Slate says there’s no evidence these are anything other than computer glitches, but the incidents still raise questions about the ...

“...disjointed and technologically backward voting system in which different states and districts adopt different technologies for different reasons with little assurance of adequate vetting, transparency, or impartial oversight.”

Voting watchdog group Verified Voting reports six states — New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana — use an entirely-electronic voting system that leaves no paper trail.

Video Shows Voting Machine Changing Obama Vote to Romney

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Nov 6, 2012

Video Shows Voting Machine Changing Obama Vote to Romney

 

(Image source: YouTube / centralpavote)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

There’s already a lot of skepticism over electronic voting machines — and with videos like this one cropping up, that probably won’t change anytime soon.

YouTube user centralpavote uploaded this video of an electronic voting machine repeatedly changing a vote for Barack Obama to a vote for Mitt Romney. The video was reportedly shot in Pennsylvania.

The man, who claimed to be a software developer, said the other buttons worked fine, but the area of the screen dedicated to Mitt Romney’s button overlapped most of Obama’s button.

The video went viral, getting over 85,000 votes on Reddit in 9 hours.

Mother Jones confirmed the voting machine was taken offline and recalibrated before being put back into service.

The video led some commentators to wonder — is something sinister going on? A writer for Forbes says:

“The thing about the machine just being miscalibrated is that if that were the case, all of the touch targets would have been out of alignment. … This could just be an isolated occurrence, but … this could also be part of a concerted pattern of offhand seeming manipulation.”

But if someone is manipulating the voting machines — they don’t seem to be able to decide on a candidate.

Last week, the Republican National Committee sent a letter to the secretaries of state of six states, saying there had been complaints that machines were switching Romney votes to Obama votes.

North Carolina was one of those states. Charlotte’s WSOC caught up with voters who said it  happened to them.

“Two voters this morning tell us that when they tried to push the button to vote for Mitt Romney for president the machine instead put the checkmark next to the name of President Barack Obama.”

A writer for Slate says there’s no evidence these are anything other than computer glitches, but the incidents still raise questions about the ...

“...disjointed and technologically backward voting system in which different states and districts adopt different technologies for different reasons with little assurance of adequate vetting, transparency, or impartial oversight.”

Voting watchdog group Verified Voting reports six states — New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana — use an entirely-electronic voting system that leaves no paper trail.

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