A voting machine in Bexar Co., Texas, shows everyone on the ballot running for governor except Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to win the election.
In place of Abbott’s name, the voting machine at the First Chinese Baptist Church in San Antonio displays outgoing Lt. Governor David Dewhurst instead, who’s not even in the race, further fueling concerns over the accuracy of electronic voting.
— Jade Stanford (@stanford_jade) November 4, 2014
“At best someone needs to be fired for this, at worst jailed,” one Twitter user commented after a screenshot of the ballot was posted on Twitter.
Unfortunately, when voting machines do get the ballot right, they can still flip votes due to software issues or even through tampering.
For example, a North Carolina voter had to make his selection four times before the machine he was using recorded his vote correctly.
“Percy Bostick, 69, of Greensboro said he tried casting a vote for Democrat Kay Hagan at the Old Guilford County Courthouse, only to have the machine register Republican Thom Tillis as his choice,” reported North Carolina’s News-Record on Saturday.
And during early voting last week in Chicago, Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan tried to vote for himself but the voting machine cast a vote for his opponent instead.
“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,” he said.
Even after resetting the ballot, the machine continued to cast votes for Democratic Party candidates, which an election official blamed on a “calibration error.”
But electronic voting machines can be easily hacked.
“The non-partisan and highly respected government agency, the Government Accountability Office, verified that the electronic voting machines used in 2004 were wide open to fraud, and that fraud likely occured in Ohio, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, and other states,” reported Washington’s Blog. “The security flaws in electronic voting machines are so complete that anyone can instantaneously install software which will change the vote counts.”