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    Default Voting machine altering votes?

    http://bostinno.com/2012/11/06/votin...9_255223_0__ss

    The guy who posted a video elaborates in the above post.

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    This has happened for both Democratic and Republican early voters (its blamed on 'calibration' issues, whatever that means): its almost certainly a technical issue rather than a bunch of localized conspiracies, but I made certain that the machine reported my vote correctly before submitting it. Signs to that effect should be mandatory so long as the problem persists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowtech redneck View Post
    This has happened for both Democratic and Republican early voters (its blamed on 'calibration' issues, whatever that means): its almost certainly a technical issue rather than a bunch of localized conspiracies, but I made certain that the machine reported my vote correctly before submitting it. Signs to that effect should be mandatory so long as the problem persists.
    Agreed.

    It is funny though. I voted and the poll worker said I could slide in my paper ballot in any way I choose. But as I was leaving the same lady was instructing another voter on how to properly feed the voting machine. I should add that my ethnicity is clear and I shook hands with a neighbor (who is black) that I saw at the polling place. Almost all the other voters voting at that time (my neighbor's wife, who was also black was the remaining exception) were older white folks (as was the voter being instructed). It is possible that the person being instructed was a bit challenged, but this discrepancy is something I will remember for a while.

    I should add that although I am not in a swing state, I am in a hotly contested district for the house.

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    We shouldn't be using electronic voting machines. We should use only paper ballots (paper trail). Machines may be convenient, but they undermine the integrity of the election because there is so much mistrust between the two parties (and often for good reason).
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    This is one reason I don't like touch screens without a mechanical backup.

    If they had a way to alternatively select with buttons, you'd be able to clearly see if it was rigged or just a 'calibration problem'.

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