At Least He Had His Voter ID

[UPDATE]:

The machine has been “recalibrated” and is back in use. Don’t worry, I’m sure everything will be just fine! Honest!

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Via Wonkette:

This is what happens when you try to vote for President Obama in Pennsylvania:

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.

Wonder if it’s one of those machines owned by those former Bain executives?

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13 responses to “At Least He Had His Voter ID

  1. democommie

    Well, if you can’t get enough stupid people to swallow your lies and vote for you, what’re yagonnado? It’s hard work bein’ honest, that’s why repukelicans have so little truck with it.

    Gosh, no Mark Rogers to say, “The dems do it, too!”?

  2. Mnemosyne

    So, a practical question — could the voter choose “Write In” and write Obama’s name in since the machine was malfunctioning, or would that be an invalid vote?

    • That’s a really good question, I have no idea. I read that the machine was taken out of commission. But I don’t know what this particular voter had to do to get their vote recorded. Also, are write-ins recorded the same as other votes? Or is it one of those things where the write-in is only counted in a close election? For example, Mr. Beale “wrote in” Big Bird in two races, because there wasn’t a Democrat running. I doubt they will be caclulating votes like that, but who knows?

  3. Jim

    Well apparently this person was the first one that wanted to vote for Obama on that machine… doesn’t look good for Obama at that polling location. :)

  4. democommie

    While it appears that there were some problems with those NC voting machines, I will guess that there are far fewer problems with them in reliably reptilican distritcts.

  5. …I asked for a paper ballot. thankfully, they still had them to use…

  6. democommie

    “Well apparently this person was the first one that wanted to vote for Obama on that machine… doesn’t look good for Obama at that polling location.”

    Yeah, right. Of course he lost by about 2-2.5% and Romney got the 15 electoral votes. Otoh, he did get about half of the approximately 4.5M votes cast in the state–or about what he won the popular vote over Romeny. Thank you, to the NOTfuckingbatshitKKKrazzee in NC.