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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
More than one comment in the Reddit thread reflects this finding in Pennsylvania also:
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.
Some similar stories on The Brad Blog also.
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
Originally posted by mal1970
As several other posters said, this is almost certainly a faulty machine
Which is fraud of a different type -- government contractor being paid incredibly high prices for horrible hardware/software that in all reality appears to be bad on purpose.
Originally posted by jiggysmb
They are asking for ID, but it is not required. Maybe you didnt see the news over the past 6 months or the commercials they keep showing saying you "should" show you ID but it is "not required". It should be required and would have been if Obama's appointed judge didnt strike it down. This allows for illegals and others to vote numerous times.
I live in PA and waited 3 hours to vote this morning. When they finally got the machines authorized to register votes a few people said if they selected Romney, Obama was selected. They quickly stopped using the machines and went to paper ballots. Shortly after the machines were working again.
Melissa Bancroft of Peters said she spotted an inaccurate sign about the state's voter identification law at her polling place at St. Benedict the Abbot Catholic Church. The sign read "First time voter must show photo ID."
She said she planned to call the Washington County Election Office to report the problem.
In Butler County, there was confusion about requirements for identification.
Outside one of three polling places at the Cranberry Municipal Center in Rochester, an election worker was shouting to the line of voters waiting to cast ballots to "have your ID ready," though a court decision issued several weeks ago ruled that identification is not required for most voters in this election.
Several people in the line grumbled, questioning why they were being told to ready their ID in light of that court decision.
Afterward, an elections judge contacted Butler County elections bureau director Sherry Brewer for clarification about the protocol.
She said she was concerned that the general announcement would imply that ID was required and that some people may have turned around and left before entering the polling place and finding out that the ID was a request, not a requirement.
"I advised them they should not be making any general announcements like that," Ms. Brewer said.
She explained that the poll worker was attempting to "move things along but it could have and should have been handled better."
She said poll workers were told they could ask that the ID be produced but to be clear that it was not required.
And near Philadelphia
With a heavy turnout across the Philadelphia region, election officials were scrambling to instruct voters on the state's most recent rules on photo identification but were giving out bad information.
The Committee of Seventy election watchdog agency said one of the biggest problems in the city and suburban Philadelphia counties was poll workers telling voters that they needed to have voter ID before they could cast ballots.
"There's a lot of honest misunderstanding, and maybe some not so honest," said Zack Stalberg, the committee's CEO. "There's a good deal of confusion."
Mr. Stalberg said there numerous polling sites across the region that were handing out old information saying that voters needed to produce identification for the current election.
"There are reports from all over, both the city and the suburbs," Mr. Stalberg said, adding that his organization would try to determine whether the problems was part of any voter suppression effort.
Some polls were simply so swamped that election workers stopped asking about ID or trying to explain the plan for requiring identification next year.
Originally posted by HappyBunny
They're also asking for photo ID, which they're not supposed to do.