In Illinois, early voting began on Monday, Oct. 19, 2014. So Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote at Chicago’s Schaumburg Public Library using a touch-screen voting machine. Every time he tried to vote for a Republican, including for himself, the machine registered his vote as for a Democrat. (Read more here.)
Now there is a similar report coming out of Maryland. CBS Baltimore reports:
Early voting just started last week in Maryland, but there are already accusations that some voting machines are changing Republican votes to Democrat. Now Republicans are calling for an investigation by the State Board of Elections.
Meghan McCorkell has more on the machine controversy.
As Marylanders go to the polls, there are concerns that the vote you cast may not be for the candidate you want.
“We’ve heard from scores of citizens in our district and around the state who have had this problem where they hit one button to vote for one person, and when they go to the summary they see that the other person was checked,” said Del Nik Kipke, (R) Anne Arundel County.
Republicans say they’ve received several dozen reports of Republican votes being changed to Democrat.
Since it has been revealed that 44,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland, it might behoove those people to pick Virginia this year.
It’s curious that some of the machines that were reported to have problems were out of service. It’s entirely possible that these problems are merely accidental issues with calibration.
However, I’d also like to note that every instance of trouble with these voting machines that I recall seeing in the news involves turning Republican votes to Democratic ones, and they always seem to be in areas dominated by Democrats. It’s never the other way around.
This morning, Dr. Eowyn also reported an instance in Arizona where a man was caught stuffing hundreds of absentee ballots into the ballot box. Despite the appearance of impropriety there will be no investigation into the matter.