Voting turnout in Pennsylvania is heavy today… it has reached as much as 80 percent. I would say that is a very good sign for Donald Trump as he is the populist candidate. Even though most voting was going smoothly, there were instances that were very troubling. Votes for Donald Trump were automatically being switched to Hillary Clinton on at least two machines. Ever notice, when this arises, it is always in Clinton’s favor?
Election judges did indeed say there were issues when people were voting straight party ticket. They claim it is fixed now. Color me highly skeptical. I recommend you watch how you vote very, very carefully. “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 to local Pittsburg media KDKA.
CBS Pittsburgh reports that some voters in Pennsylvania are noticing their votes on automated voting machines are switching to voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton instead of Republican Donald Trump.
“Every time I would push a candidate for the Republican Party, it would come up for the Democratic candidate,” voter David Dran told CBS.
Election judges in Clinton Township, PA confirmed with CBS there were issues with two of their eight automated voting machines. Most issues came when voters tried to vote straight party ticket.
Other voters say when they specifically tried to vote for Trump, the vote switched to Clinton right before their eyes.
“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,” voter Bobbie Lee Hawranko said.
Voting officials did recalibrate the machines. That was when they said the issue was resolved. But Allegheny County reportedly had other issues with Election Day polling places. In one instance, a judge of elections was tardy. Margaret Vernon missed the opening of her polling place in Springdale Borough. She was three hours late and sheriff’s deputies escorted her into the facility. That’s a bit odd.
Pennsylvania Rep. Daryl Metcalfe urged voters to talk to election officials if they encounter any problem at the polls. “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,” Metcalfe said.
This is why you have to review your vote very carefully and not be afraid to call someone on it if it looks hinky. Make sure your vote is correct and that it counts.