Hat tip to RandysRight blog for tipping me off about this local issue here in NC.
And here is text of 2 separate news stories from WCTI Channel 12 from the New Bern / Greenville area of NC.
New Bern — Voters in Craven County are complaining that voting machines are selecting people they do not want to vote for. Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern and Diana Creel say the machines marked off candidates they did not want to vote for when they touched the screens on the voting machines.
Craven County Elections Director Erin Burridge says the calibration on the machines was off and needed to be adjusted. She says everyone that has had a problem so far has been able to alert an elections judge to make sure their votes are cast for the desired candidates.
The state board of elections sent out a memo to every county on Wednesday recommending every machine be recalibrated every day to prevent more problems. The elections director in Wilmington says machines had similar problems on the first day of early voting but all worked correctly after recalibrating the machines.
Source: Click HERE
Another story at WCTI Channel 12 out of New Bern, N.C.
Another Craven County voter is telling NewsChannel 12 she had a problem voting at the polls.
“Our vote is not being registered the way we want it to be, it is going to the other candidate,” says Diana Creel.
Creel says a red flag went up for her while voting in Havelock when the woman in front of her began having problems with the voting machine. (Silence’s Note: Havelock, NC is home to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point)
“She had problems, whenever she checked a candidate, it always popped to another one,” says Creel.
Creel says she had the same problem and she notified an election official who helped her sort out the machine, but then…
“I pressed confirm and the screen went totally black,” tells Creel.
Now she says she isn’t sure if her vote was counted.
The Craven County Board of Elections released an official statement saying it is “aware of isolated issues experienced by voters at onestop sites in the county.”
But says in each case the voters were able to cast their ballot.
The board of elections says a calibration issue with the screen is to blame and “each morning every voting unit is calibrated as per manufacturer instruction by trained election rovers.”
But Creel still worries if it happens to some one else, they may not catch the error.
“Because I feel that every vote is special, it can make a difference,” tells Creel.
The Craven County Board of Elections says if a voter has any difficulty casting their vote, they should notify an election official immediately.
Source: Click HERE
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Twenty Second Day of October in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Ten.