When Jim Moynihan attempted to cast a vote for himself, he got an unpleasant surprise.
Moynihan claims that the machine cast his vote instead for his Democrat opponent. The Republican candidate for the Illinois state House of Representatives told the Illinois Review that that was not the end of his early-voting surprise:
“You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat."
It is not clear whether the machine or user were at fault, but what is clear, if Moynihan's claims are true, is that voters have reason to be concerned.
“Clearly, I am concerned that citizens will be unable to vote for the candidate of their choice, especially if they are in a hurry and do not double check their ballot,” added Moynihan. “I cannot say whether or not this was intentional, but Cook County voters deserve better and should not have their right to vote suppressed.”
The problem Republican candidate Moynihan says he ran into is not unique. In 2012, there were a number of cases in which electronic voting machines were turning specific Romney votes into Obama votes in North Carolina (15 electoral votes), Ohio (18 electoral votes), Nevada (6 electoral votes), Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes) and Kansas (6 electoral votes).
In 2010, a voting machine in Texas (38 electoral votes) was turning all votes into votes for the Green Party.
Voters using electronic voting machines would be well-advised to watch the screen carefully as they vote to ensure that it is being registered correctly. Any discrepancies should be reported immediately.