Voting Machines in Maryland Change Votes For Republicans to Votes For Democrats

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Oct 28, 2014 12:00 PM
Voting Machines in Maryland Change Votes For Republicans to Votes For Democrats

Last week a voting machine in Cook County, Illinois switched votes for Republicans to votes for Democrats. Election officials blamed a "calibration error" for the change. Now, the same thing is happening in Maryland and again officials are citing a "calibration error." More from Watchdog.org

Voting machines that switch Republican votes to Democrats are being reported in Maryland.

“When I first selected my candidate on the electronic machine, it would not put the ‘x’ on the candidate I chose — a Republican — but it would put the ‘x’ on the Democrat candidate above it,” Donna Hamilton said.

“This happened multiple times with multiple selections. Every time my choice flipped from Republican to Democrat. Sometimes it required four or five tries to get the ‘x’ to stay on my real selection,” the Frederick, Md., resident said last week.

Queen Anne County Sheriff Gary Hofmann said he encountered the problem, too, personally.

“This is happening here as well. It occurred on two candidates on my machine. I am glad I checked. Many voters have reported this here as well,” Hofmann, a Republican, wrote in an email Sunday evening.

"Calibration errors," which coincidentally don't switch votes cast for Democrats to votes for Republicans, rather the other way around, seem to be happening quite frequently. As I said last week, these machine errors were visible, what about the changes these machines are making to votes cast for Republicans that aren't visible? How many registered voters have had their votes and participation in the process stolen as a result of "faulty" machines? 

Meanwhile, be sure to check out the newly released report about the alarming number of non-citizens voting in, and swaying, U.S. elections.