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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
An interesting video, originating by a Reddit user, is circulating the Internet and even now getting interest from CNN. Apparently the person taking the video attempted to vote for Obama on a voting machine in central Pennsylvania, but could not select the President's name -- Romney was selected instead. As a software engineer, he assumed the calibration of the touch screen was off, only to discern that he in fact could not select Obama no matter how hard he tried.
From his Reddit explanation:
I'm the guy who shot the video, hopefully this doesn't get burried. You guys have questions, I have answers.
My wife and I went to the voting booths this morning before work. There were 4 older ladies running the show and 3 voting booths that are similar to a science fair project in how they fold up. They had an oval VOTE logo on top center and a cartridge slot on the left that the volunteers used to start your ballot.
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. I first thought the calibration was off and tried selecting Jill Stein to actually highlight Obama. Nope. Jill Stein was selected just fine. Next I deselected her and started at the top of Romney's name and started tapping very closely together to find the 'active areas'. From the top of Romney's button down to the bottom of the black checkbox beside Obama's name was all active for Romney. From the bottom of that same checkbox to the bottom of the Obama button (basically a small white sliver) is what let me choose Obama. Stein's button was fine. All other buttons worked fine.
I asked the voters on either side of me if they had any problems and they reported they did not. I then called over a volunteer to have a look at it. She him hawed for a bit then calmly said "It's nothing to worry about, everything will be OK." and went back to what she was doing. I then recorded this video.
EDIT: There is a lot of speculation that the footage is edited. I'm not a video guy, but if it's possible to prove whether a video has been altered or not, I will GLADLY provide the raw footage to anyone who is willing to do so. The jumping frames are a result of the #ty camera app on my Android phone, nothing more.
Seems appropriate for a shameless plug of how I feel about all this:
The Quadrennial Exploitation Of The Moronic Masses
Problems at polls cropping up in PA, OH, other spots around US, rights groups say
Problems have been plaguing North Texas polling places this election day from Dallas to Fort Worth. Voter complaints are coming into NBC 5 and to local election workers
Polling Place Problems Plague Early Part of Election Day November 6th, 2012 REGION (WGGB) — Voters have discovered several issues while voting Tuesday morning. In Springfield, the Greenleaf Community Center and Duggan School both ran out of ballots. Specifically in the case of the Greenleaf Community Center, they ran out of the second page of the ballot, which had question #3 on it. More ballots were brought to each location by members of the Springfield Election Office, with about 1,200 heading to Duggan.
Originally posted by otie1
Maybe it really could be the machine. And if so, that Takes away the element of choice.
The rest of the country should vote like Oregon, With mail in ballots. If you vote in the comfort of your own home, its unbiased and more personal.
Technology is not perfect and will have glitches.
I just voted in PA, and luckily my machine didn't do this, but I have heard some people saying that if they press 'Straight Democratic', it will leave the Presidential field blank.
Originally posted by ignorant_ape
reply to post by Blackmarketeer
again - i ask - why let the victim know his vote has been changed ???? it could be done invisibly
Originally posted by mal1970
As several other posters said, this is almost certainly a faulty machine
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