Multiple voters who cast ballots in Mississippi's Republican gubernatorial primary runoff on Tuesday have reported that touch-screen voting machines switched their selected votes. Officials in two counties have confirmed the vote-flipping malfunction, and one candidate's campaign says they've heard of instances occurring in several counties where machines automatically changed individuals' intended selections.
What are the details?
Facebook user Sally Kate Walker posted a video Tuesday morning of a voter demonstrating the glitch, calling into question the reliability of the electronic system.
The voter in the video is attempting to cast their ballot for Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr., but the machine repeatedly (more than a dozen times) places an "X" next to the box for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.
According to the Clarion Ledger, "there have been at least three reports confirmed by officials of voting machines in two counties changing voters' selections in the state's GOP governor primary runoff." The newspaper reported that the Waller campaign "has received reports of the same issues from Leflore, Lamar, Pearl River, Lincoln, Washington, Forrest and Scott counties."
Every account of machine malfunction reported by the Clarion-Ledger on Tuesday was an instance of a machine rejecting a vote for Waller in favor of Reeves. Newsweek reported that "officials suspect that the offending machines were somehow mishandled and lost calibration."
Questions over touch-screen voting machines are not new. Fox News reported two years ago on the concerns the electronic systems bring for voter fraud.
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