As record numbers of voters hit the polls during early voting, reports statewide and locally have begun to trickle in regarding malfunctions in electronic voting machines.
In some areas, like Harris County, voters have reported that their votes for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke were changed to incumbent Ted Cruz when they voted straight party ticket.
Writer Leah McElrath, who voted in Harris County, detailed what she saw in a series of tweets.
I chose the “straight ticket” option for the Democratic Party on the first screen.
Once I toggled through the 16+ page ballot and reached the final screen to review my choices, I saw that my vote for @BetoORourke had been changed to a vote for Ted Cruz.
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) October 26, 2018
Martha Merino told me that she voted at the Friendswood City Hall, and experienced the same thing.
“I voted straight ticket and it did that to me. I then found checked, triple checked before I cast my ballot,” she said.
Another reader told me her husband attempted to vote straight Democrat Tuesday morning in Richardson, and it switched to straight Republican. They alerted an elections judge, she said. Collin and Dallas counties do not use the same system that has been blamed for many of the issues. (more…)