Voting Machines In Maryland Changing Republican Votes To Democrat

Just another “calibration error” made by a low-level computer tech no doubt.

This is the second time in less than a week that an electronic voting system changed votes from the Republican candidate to the Democrat.  Let’s play “if it changed the votes to Republican,” and see how fast the media would cry foul…

Voting machines that switch Republican votes to Democrats are being reported in Maryland.

“When I first selected my candidate on the electronic machine, it would not put the ‘x’ on the candidate I chose — a Republican — but it would put the ‘x’ on the Democrat candidate above it,” reported Donna Hamilton.

“This happened multiple times with multiple selections. Every time my choice flipped from Republican to Democrat. Sometimes it required four or five tries to get the ‘x’ to stay on my real selection,” the Frederick, Md., resident said Thursday.

Two other Maryland voters reported the same problem in Anne Arundel County on Friday.

A similar vote-switch turned up in Chicago earlier in the week.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to the Schaumburg Public Library on Monday to vote for himself. “Instead, it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan told

“You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat,” Moynihan said.

He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.

Back in Maryland, two voters in Anne Arundel County experienced the same problem: A touchscreen voting machine switched their Republican votes to Democrats. The voters had to cancel theirs votes and start over.

Joe Torre, election director in Anne Arundel, called it a “calibration issue” involving a single machine.

Because of course it is.