Still More Problems With E-Voting
Bruni seeks an injunction to prevent the use of electronic voting machines due to what he deems is their unreliability.
“It’s very simple. All over the United States, there have been serious problems with the electronic voting machines,” Bruni said.
“This lawsuit is not against Webb County or Oscar Villarreal. It’s against the electronic voting machine.
“Anybody that wants to hurt either me or my opponent can very easily do it. I want the true voters’ intent to be heard.
I want the voters to make the decision, not somebody manipulating the machine or fraud.”
He may be on to something with respect to reliability as some early voters in West Virginia have reported that voting machines there have been switching their votes from Democratic candidates to Republican candidates–including the Presidential candidates.
hree 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”.
Shelba Ketchum, a 69-year-old nurse retired from Thomas Memorial Hospital, described what happened Friday at the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield.
“I pushed buttons and they all came up Republican,” she said. “I hit Obama and it switched to McCain. I am really concerned about that. If McCain wins, there was something wrong with the machines.
“I asked them for a printout of my votes,” Ketchum said. “But they said it was in the machine and I could not get it. I did not feel right when I left the courthouse. My son felt the same way.
I really fail to see why more and more jurisdictions are embracing electronic voting when e-voting really has serious problems in verifying votes. What’s wrong with paper ballots or optical scan, exactly?
UPDATE (James Joyner): Fully agree. I early voted in Virginia Friday afternoon using an electronic machine which produced no printout. The process gave me no reason at all to feel confident that 1) my vote counted or 2) that my vote went to the candidates I selected. In my particular case, I only had to vote on president, U.S. Senator, U.S. House, and a local bond initiative. It could have easily fit on one sheet of paper.
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