Texas Trump Voters Say Presidential Picks Were Switched to Hillary — Election Officials Cite 'Voter Error'
After casting their ballots, some early voters in Texas claimed voting machines changed their votes for president from Republican Donald Trump to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The reports of the voting issues emerged out of Dallas, Collin, Tarrant and other Texas counties, according to The Dallas Morning News.
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The allegations follow a similar pattern: Voters say they voted straight-ticket Republican, but when they reviewed their ballots, they reflected they had voted for Hillary Clinton for president, not Donald Trump.
Their votes for Republicans in down-ballot races were not affected, according to the complaints.
Similar situations were reported in Collin County, elections official Bruce Sherbet said, but all the complaints were called in after the voters had left the polling place. By then, polling place workers were unable to determine whether any of their machines were indeed operating in error.
On Facebook, some voters in Amarillo, TX, reportedly alleged their votes too were changed from Trump to Clinton. However, Potter County elections officials said they weren't experiencing widespread issues.
Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner released a statement about the concerns on Monday:
There is nothing wrong with any of the machines we use for voting. They do not flip your vote. They do not flip parties. Humans do that. ... There was one incident in Randall County where a voter voted straight ticket and when they hit the vote button, it flipped parties…The machine was then checked and nothing was wrong with the machine."
Overall, elections officials didn't seem too concerned.
Dallas County elections administrator Toni Pippins-Poole said it’s likely the issues are due to “voter error” or a machine that needs to be “recalibrated.”
In Tarrant County, election administrator Frank Phillips told DMN he resolved two complaints on Monday. One woman claimed her vote inexplicably switched from Trump to Clinton, and another said a voting machine was faulty. The first woman was moved to another machine to re-cast her ballot, according to the report.
Phillips also argued the problem is likely due to “voter error with the equipment.”
A message left with the Denton County Elections Administration was not immediately returned.