Today’s election is an important one. For the first time in a long time, the Republicans are poised to take both the House of Representatives and the Senate. According to most predictions, history will likely be made by the end of the day.
But for a number of voters, an issue has suddenly come up when they’ve tried to vote for their chosen candidate: the voting machines are not working properly. For example, in Virginia Beach, VA, footage shows a typical voter using an electronic ballot. When he tries to select the Republican candidate, Scott Rigell, the machine automatically selects Democrat Suzanne Patrick.
U.S. Representative Rigell’s office had this to say about the matter:
We have received numerous, credible reports of poll machine irregularity at voting precincts in Virginia’s Second Congressional District. This is very troubling. It is critical that every voter verifies the final summary page before pushing the “cast ballot” option.
This is not the only case of electronic ballots malfunctioning. All around the country, voting machines had to be taken out of service because of similar instances like those in Virginia Beach. In Anne Arundel County, Maryland, ten machines were taken out of service after voting irregularities.
The Virginia State GOP is calling for the polling stations in the 37 locations statewide that are experiencing problems with the machines to switch to paper ballots.
The Virginia Beach General Registrar Donna Patterson commented on thevoting machines:
“We have received a handful of complaints from voting officials of malfunctioning polling machines. As soon as we learned of these problems, we removed those machines from service. Please be assured that we are doing everything in our power to ensure that the election results are fair and accurate. To that end, we have instructed all election officials to remind voters to double-check the final summary page of their ballots, to make absolutely certain that their votes are properly recorded.”
Many elections around the country will be close, and every vote will count. It’s important that the machines that we use to vote for our representatives work in the way we all expect.
And if that doesn’t work, there’s nothing wrong with voting the old fashioned way, with a paper and pencil.
Courtesy of IJ Review