Each and every election day that comes brings with it the potential for problems, particularly since the majority of voting is done on machines. And as we all know, in this day and age, technology is prone to error.While the majority of voting in the country seems to be going well, there have been spots around the nation plagued by issues. Like the critical state of Pennsylvania.
One such problem that should have Republicans a little on the concerned side is where voters are pressing the button for the GOP candidates and it’s coming up Democrat.This, of course, raises concern about voter fraud, and that’s something that should absolutely be taken seriously.
CBS Pittsburgh is reporting, “Every time I would push a candidate for the Republican party, it would come up for the Democratic candidate,” said voter David Drane.
Election judges in Clinton Township, Butler County confirmed there were issues with two of their eight automated voting machines. Most of the issues came when people tried to vote straight party ticket.However, others said they specifically wanted to vote for Republican Donald Trump only to see their vote switched before their eyes to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“I went back, pressed Trump again. Three times I did this, so then I called one of the women that were working the polls over. And she said you must be doing it wrong. She did it three times and it defaulted to Hillary every time,” Bobbie Lee Hawranko said.
Could this be an example of the “system being rigged” that Trump often mentions in campaign speeches?Given the corruption we’ve had revealed to us via WikiLeaks — and the baffling behavior of the Obama administration’s “Justice Department” surrounding the Clintons — nothing is beyond the realm of possibility. Though perhaps we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. Liberals do that enough for everyone.
This isn’t the first election where this has been a problem, either. It was also an issue back in 2012.
via USA Today:Many problems — and certainly the most closely watched — came in battleground states widely expected to determine the outcome of the presidential election. Voters reported waiting in line for hours at some polling sites in Florida and Virginia and encountering malfunctioning voting machines in key Ohio precincts.
One of the most common complaints, they said, came from confusion over new voting laws that require people to show identification before casting a ballot. Those measures, which backers said were designed to prevent fraud, drew widespread criticism from civil rights groups, who feared that the poor, minority and elderly voters who are less likely to have identification would be disenfranchised. Some voter-ID laws were rejected in court, but others went into effect this year.
And in Ohio, where officials reported scattered problems with electronic voting machines, a federal judge Tuesday rejected a challenge to the use of those machines. U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost said in a written order that the Green Party candidate who brought the challenge “demonstrated zero likelihood of success based on the evidence presented.” Another federal judge scheduled a hearing for Wednesday morning in a lawsuit challenging the way Ohio counts provisional ballots.
“Long lines, machine breakdowns, fights at the polls. Unfortunately, this is the new normal for Election Day,” Richard Hasen, a University of California-Irvine election-law expert, quipped on Twitter.
That being said, when you’re heading out to the polls, be sure to double check your ballot to ensure that your vote is recorded properly.
Any issues with machinery should be immediately brought to the attention of the poll worker.
Voting is a critical component of allowing your voice to be heard and to play a role in choosing the leadership for this country.
Make sure it counts.
[This article was written by Michael Cantrell]