School Zone 80x80
Get into the News 8 School Zone

Making our schools better

Video shows machine altering votes

Posted on: 2:21 pm, November 6, 2012, by , updated on: 04:22pm, November 6, 2012

Video has surfaced online that shows a voting machine altering a vote cast for president.

According to the video’s description, a man and his wife went to a voting booth on Tuesday before work.  He says the electronic voting machine he used did not function properly.

“I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney. Being a software developer, I immediately went into troubleshoot mode,” the description said.

Voting officials said this is an example of a voting machine “not being calibrated.”

The person that posted the video says he disagrees with the determination that his was a calibration issue because he only had trouble with the vote he cast in the presidential race.  The rest of the ballot appeared to work properly.

Voters that see this issue are urged to notify an polling place worker so the machine can be fixed.

All voters are also urged to review their selections before casting their ballot.

Read the full video description on YouTube.

Pennsylvania election officials said only one complaint was received, and that the machine involved was taken out of service.  It was re-calibrated and returned to service with no further reports of problems.

School Zone 80x80
Get into the News 8 School Zone

Making our schools better