North Carolina Voting Machine Switches Kay Hagan Vote To Thom Tillis
While Republicans are concerned over Voter ID in order to supposedly “restore the integrity of the vote,” they might want to do a few updates. In Guilford County, North Carolina, a couple of voters had a difficult time casting a ballot for Kay Hagan. Instead, the votes registered for the Republican candidate.
[su_center_ad]The News & Record reports:
Percy Bostick, 69, of Greensboro said he tried casting a vote for Democrat Kay Hagan at the Old Guilford County Courthouse, only to have the machine register Republican Thom Tillis as his choice.
“I called one of the poll workers over,” Bostick said. “She said do it again. And again, I touched the screen at the proper place for Kay Hagan, and it again reported it for Thom Tillis.”
Bostick tried again, and onhis fourth attempt, the machine finally registered the vote for Hagan.
Another poll worker decided to cancel the ballot altogether and directed Bostick to an adjacent machine, where he was able to cast his ballot without any issues.
The problematic machine was taken out of service
And then on Wednesday, it happened again with another voter who reported a similar problem. That voter also tried selecting Hagan but saw the machine had recorded him as choosing Tillis.
It’s like the machines really like Tillis.
The man was moved to another machine, which finally registered his selections without any problem.
According to Charlie Collicutt, Guilford County elections director, his office has received 14 reports of voting problems since early voting started Oct. 23, including seven from people who became concerned after they got home.
Collicutt urged voters to check that the paper roll next to the screen properly registers their selections, and he said anyone having trouble should tell a poll worker.
“If a precinct official is made aware immediately, that gives us the opportunity to take the machine out of service, check it out, recalibrate it, and determine whether we can get it back into service,” he said.
The problem is, there’s no telling how many incorrect votes were cast for Thom Tillis.
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