Two young voters in Moline, Illinois, headed to the polls on Monday, October 28, to participate in early voting and were surprised to find the machine registering their votes incorrectly.
Both had heard complaints that the machines were recording Republican votes as Democrat votes, but figured it was due to problems with older people attempting to use touchscreen machines. Then they had the same problem in multiple races and decided to use their phones to document it.
The young men wished to remain anonymous, but spoke with The Weekly Standard.
“I pressed the top of the box for [Republican state senate candidate] Neil Anderson, and it clicked for [Democratic state senator] Mike Jacobs,” he said. The machines, both voters said, require the use of fingers, and no stylus or other device is provided.
The only way to make the correct vote, they said, was to press the incorrectly checked box to “uncheck” it, then press low in the Republican’s box. The voters say they were able to figure this out without calling over an election judge for help.
Problems with machines used in early voting have been reported throughout the area, with Republican House candidate Bobby Schilling reporting that 20 supporters have called his office to complain that their votes for him were switched to the Democrat incumbent, and a Republican candidate in Cook County said when he attempted to vote for himself the machine switched his vote to his opponent.
Though Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney denied any problems with the early voting, a representative for Schilling contacted the state Board of Elections last week and was informed that it was a common problem that a recalibration would solve.
Kinney claims “she recalibrated the machines on Friday, though the video above [taken days later, on Monday] suggests that did not fix the problem.”