Voting Irregularities in Pennsylvania: We’ve Got To Fix That

In this video, a Pennsylvania voter shows how the voting machine misinterpreted Obama votes as Romney votes.

I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney. Being a software developer, I immediately went into troubleshoot mode. I first thought the calibration was off and tried selecting Jill Stein to actually highlight Obama. Nope. Jill Stein was selected just fine. Next I deselected her and started at the top of Romney’s name and started tapping very closely together to find the ‘active areas’. From the top of Romney’s button down to the bottom of the black checkbox beside Obama’s name was all active for Romney. From the bottom of that same checkbox to the bottom of the Obama button (basically a small white sliver) is what let me choose Obama. Stein’s button was fine. All other buttons worked fine.

I asked the voters on either side of me if they had any problems and they reported they did not. I then called over a volunteer to have a look at it. She him hawed for a bit then calmly said “It’s nothing to worry about, everything will be OK.” and went back to what she was doing. I then recorded this video.

Meanwhile, in one precinct in Wynnewood, according to NPR, voters were turned away if they did not have photo id despite a Pennsyvlania Supreme Court ruling staying implementation of that law.

On Wednesday, State Rep. Babette Josephs will be discussing the problems encountered in last weeks election. As the President said in his victory speech Tuesday night,

“We’ve got to fix that.”

Details after the jump.
State Rep. Babette Josephs is calling on the state’s top law enforcement official to investigate the Department of State and all 67 county elections boards for the widespread irregularities many voters faced Nov. 6.

As Democratic chairwoman of the House State Government Committee, which oversees election law, Josephs and others will discuss her petition and the number and type of issues voters experienced on Election Day at noon Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Capitol Media Center.

From reports of electors not allowed to vote even though they had voted for years, to faulty machines and the dissemination of misinformation, Josephs said it is clear there were problems at both the state and local level, and it is important to find out how these incidents happened and to learn from them.

“If we are to preserve freedom in these United States, we must learn from these problems,” Josephs said.

Those also expected to attend Tuesday’s news conference are people who have experienced trouble voting and will tell their stories.


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