A video has surfaced in Rock Island County, Illinois, of a voter trying to cast a ballot for a Republican candidate but having the machine instead choose the Democrat candidate due to a “calibration error.” Several voters have already complained publicly about the machines.
The video shows a voter at the public library in Moline, Illinois, attempting to vote for Republican state Senate candidate Neil Anderson for the 36th District, but the machine registers a vote for the incumbent, Democrat state Senator Mike Jacobs, instead. It also shows the voter trying to select Republican congressional candidate Bobby Schilling, but the machine switches the vote to incumbent Cheri Bustos, a Democrat.
One Rock Island County voter, Christina Kirik, substantiated the claims asserted in the video, telling KWQC she had a hard time voting for the Republican candidate.
“When I went to cast my vote and touch the screen for my Republican candidate, the Democrat candidate was the one that would pop up with my ‘x,’ even though I pressed the Republican candidate. The Democrat candidate is the one it looked like I was voting for.”
Another voter, Joyce Glassner, details a similar situation when she tried to vote.
“Everything was fine until I came to the one candidate that I wanted to vote for and I voted for him and the ‘x’ went in the box and then two seconds later his name and his box went away and it was just blank and it showed up in his opponent’s box.”
Western Journalism reported last week about a similar incident where Jim Moynihan, an Illinois Republican state representative candidate in Cook County, was unable to vote for himself due to a technical glitch.
“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.”
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