No one knows exactly who first figured out that electronic voting machines might offer a solution to the age-old issue of voter fraud, but a cold, lifeless machine seemed a perfect way to put an end to “lost” or “changed” ballots.
Machines have no preference for either party or candidate – and they can’t be bribed or bought off.
But, just as crooks found a way to hack into computers and commit cyber crime, political operatives found a way to rig the objective machines that were thought to be foolproof.
Charges about the upcoming election being “rigged” are increasing and now, early voting has revealed serious concerns that votes are being switched at the polling booth.
Correction: only certain types of votes are being manipulated.
Early voting started on Monday, October 24 in Texas and almost immediately, voters posted disturbing incidents of watching their “straight Republican” vote register, instead, as a vote for Hillary Clinton.
The switch was reported in social media posts by two voters in Canyon, Texas and by others in nearby Potter County. Both counties are near Amarillo in the panhandle of Texas.
The report prompted Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner to issue a statement that seemed to both acknowledge a problem and dismiss it at the same time.
“There is nothing wrong with any of the machines we use for voting. They do not flip your vote. They do not flip parties. Humans do that.
But, there was one incident in Randall County where a voter voted straight ticket and when they hit the vote button, it flipped parties…The machine was then checked and nothing was wrong with the machine.”
So… either it happened… or it didn’t. But whatever happened, the county authorities say the machine is innocent.
Still, the Chambers County Clerk, Heather Hawthorne, declared an emergency and halted early voting in order to perform a “software update” that corrects the automatic default that does not allow voters to vote a straight ticket.
Hawthorne said the “technical difficulties” should be worked out and the electronic voting machines back in operation by Wednesday morning.
But in the meantime, voters will use… a paper ballot.