With an election of this scale, nothing can be left to chance. In the last few weeks, during early voting and mail in voting, reports have abounded of glitches or outright voting fraud that jeopardized people’s ballots.
We’ve heard about voting machines acting faulty, ballots going missing, and campaign materials being included in mail in ballots.
While most of these were simple mistakes, there is always the chance that a party will try to tilt the odds in their favor using unscrupulous tactics.
As it is Election Day, we are starting to hear more reports of problems at the polls.
From Pittsburgh CBS Local:
Election judges in Clinton Township, Butler County confirmed there were issues with two of their eight automated voting machines. Most of the issues came when people tried to vote straight party ticket.
However, other said they specifically wanted to vote for Republican Donald Trump only to see their vote switched before their eyes to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“I went back, pressed Trump again. Three times I did this, so then I called one of the women that were working the polls over. And she said you must be doing it wrong. She did it three times and it defaulted to Hillary every time,” Bobbie Lee Hawranko said.
“If somebody has an issue, they should certainly let the judge of elections at the precinct know and also call their county bureau of elections as folks have done here this morning,” Pa. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said.
Similar issues occurred in Texas during early voting, when people selection straight Republican had their votes switched to Clinton before submitting. It got so bad they had to remove the machines for a time and only use paper ballots.
This could be evidence of voter fraud or tampering on the party of pro-Hillary supporters, but as long as voters report problems, it shouldn’t affect the outcome of the election.
If you haven’t voted already, be sure to report any problems you encounter at your polling site. If you’re not confident that your voting machine will behave properly, be sure to ask for a paper ballot instead.
Source: Pittsburgh CBS Local