Video captured by a Pennsylvania man shows an electronic voting machine that was not only unwilling to let him cast a vote for President Obama on Tuesday, but switching it to Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The man tries multiple times to vote for Obama. Each time he clicks the check mark by Obama’s name, however, the one next to the Romney/Ryan ticket lights up instead.
He explains what happened underneath the video, which he posted to (where else) YouTube:
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.
According to Raw Story, the machine was taken offline.
If you experience any problems at the polls Tuesday, call the nonpartisan Election Protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.