WV voting machine complaints, Republican voting officials blame the voters

WV voting machine complaints, Republican voting officials blame the voters October 19, 2008

From the Charleston Gazette:

Three Putnam County voters say electronic voting machines changed their votes from Democrats to Republicans when they cast early ballots last week.

This is the second West Virginia county where voters have reported this problem. Last week, three voters in Jackson County told The Charleston Gazette their electronic vote for “Barack Obama” kept flipping to “John McCain”.

In both counties, Republicans are responsible for overseeing elections. Both county clerks said the problem is isolated.

They also blamed voters for not being more careful.

“People make mistakes more than machines,” said Jackson County Clerk Jeff Waybright.

[…]

Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood said on Saturday that he is upset there are “so many negative stories out there and not enough positive ones. We want people to vote. People need to know the facts.

The “positive stories” Wood must be referring to would be that the people who voted for Republicans didn’t have any problems with their votes.


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  • Maybe they sent Ken Blackwell to WV.

  • This is a pretty strong accusation without backup facts, Michael. But I figure it’s par for the course.

    “The rest of them were OK, but the machine sent my votes for those top three offices from the Democrat to the Republican,” Thomas said.

    “When I hollered about that, the girl who worked there said, ‘Push it again.’ I pushed Obama again and it stayed there. Then, the machine did the same thing for other candidates.

    “Why didn’t she [the polling clerk] tell me before I even used the machine that might happen? And how many people, especially my age, didn’t notice that? [Source]

    This is why I believe that Vox Nova has finally jumped the shark. You took a mis-calibrated touch screen and turned it into a Republican plot.

  • G Alkon

    This is what I am most afraid of.

  • Tony: The election officials in these counties are Republicans and they did indeed blame the voters. Where have I erred? If I speak the truth, why strike me?

  • Christopher

    Karl Rove has his dirty hands all over this.

  • A country that tortures others will have little scruple about tampering with voting machines.

  • Michael,

    This wasn’t a sin of commission, it was a sin of omission. What you left out was that these same machines did did the same thing in the 2004 election, only that time it was for Kerry.

    It does appear to be either overly sensitive machines, or fat-fingering voters.

    Also, what is left out is who the Democrats blamed for the error.

    When we talk about bias in the media, I guess it applies to the new media as well as the old.

  • Just to satisfy my own curiosity? Are these the machines that produce the paper trail?

  • premodern

    “A country that tortures others will have little scruple about tampering with voting machines.”

    Spirit of Vatican II, I would suggest distinguishing between countries, political parties, over-zealous military commanders, unscrupulous polling place operators, and faulty electronic voting machines.

  • bill bannon

    Michael….why worry….with Acorn, the dems are sure of the much larger cemetery vote since what for one man what looks like a coffin….for another man is a horizontal voting booth.

  • bill – In WV history, it has been the Republicans who have facilitated votes for dead people.

  • Spirit of Vatican II, I would suggest distinguishing between countries, political parties, over-zealous military commanders, unscrupulous polling place operators, and faulty electronic voting machines.

    He’s right, VII. Why don’t you consider amending your statement to read: “A political party that tortures others will have little scruple about tampering with voting machines.”

  • premodern

    He’s right, VII. Why don’t you consider amending your statement to read: “A political party that tortures others will have little scruple about tampering with voting machines.”

    I would suggest not making that particular amendment since the Republican Party has never endorsed torture nor has the Republican Part ever tortured anyone. INDIVIDUAL Republicans may have done so, but INDIVIDUAL Republicans have stood firmly against such positions as well.

    Please, let us be careful in making these important distinctions. I realize it is easier to simply sling mud, but that does not make it right.

  • phosphorious

    “. . . the Republican Party has never endorsed torture nor has the Republican Part ever tortured anyone. INDIVIDUAL Republicans may have done so, but INDIVIDUAL Republicans have stood firmly against such positions as well.. . .”

    Plus, we have ALWAYS been at war with Oceania.

  • Being from WV, let me note that it was two counties, both led by Republicans and both heavily Republican. Also, to note, there were no complaints of the vote being switched from Republican to Democrat. Again, these are some of the most heavily Republican areas in the southern Coal Fields of WV.

  • Scapegoating ACORN…What pattern in US history does this follow?

  • Polycarp, where are you from? I was raised in Parkersburg and lived for a long time in Wheeling and a bit in Morgantown.

  • iris weissman

    I had a bad experience when voting this morning. The person in front of me was asked by the person in charge at the machines whether he was voting republican or democrat and when the man said respublican, the person pushed a handle on the side of the machine to republican. Yet, when the next person came to vote, he was not asked that question and the handle remained on republican. I never saw these handles on the side of the oviting machines before and am a little concerned about this whole incident. Who can I tell about it. It seems like someone is tampering with the machines.