Video shows malfunctioning ballot machine in Pennsylvania counting Obama votes for Romney
A YouTube video posted by a voter in Pennsylvania shows a ballot machine counting Obama votes for Romney.
“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,” the voter wrote on YouTube.
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The video shows the voter, whose YouTube username is centralpavote, clearly pressing the button to vote for President Barack Obama but machine repeatedly selecting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as his choice.
The voter, who identified himself as a software developer, said he notified a poll worker of the problem. The poll worker reportedly told him, “It’s nothing to worry about, everything will be OK.”
MotherJones.com reported that spokesman for the Pennsylvania Secretary of State confirmed that a malfunctioning machine was later taken out of service and “recalibrated” before being returned back to the polling booth.
Watch the video:
Here’s the explanation posted by “centralpavote” on YouTube:
My wife and I went to the voting booths this morning before work. There were 4 older ladies running the show and 3 voting booths that are similar to a science fair project in how they fold up. They had an oval VOTE logo on top center and a cartridge slot on the left that the volunteers used to start your ballot.
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.
There is a lot of speculation that the footage is edited. I’m not a video guy, but if it’s possible to prove whether a video has been altered or not, I will GLADLY provide the raw footage to anyone who is willing to do so. The jumping frames are a result of the sh*tty camera app on my Android phone, nothing more.
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