When early voting began in Cook County, Illinois, Monday, a Republican state representative candidate attempted to vote for himself and, due to a technical glitch, the vote was cast for his opponent.
Watchdog.com reported earlier this week that Jim Moynihan attempted to vote for himself at Schaumburg Public Library Monday when he experienced the problem.
“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent…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.
Illinois Review, a right-of-center publication, noted that ultimately Moynihan was able to vote for the candidates of his choosing, but whenever he tried to vote for a Republican, a Democrat would be registered in the machine:
“While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race.
“He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race. It is unknown if the machine in question has been removed from service or is still in operation.”
Moynihan told the Review he was concerned for voters that they might not get the opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice, especially if they are in a hurry. He did not know if the glitch was intentional, however.
“I cannot say whether or not this was intentional, but Cook County voters deserve better and should not have their right to vote suppressed.”
H/T Fox News
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