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The voting machines in my area have some drawbacks, other than the huge one: that there is no paper backup of the votes in PA. The machine was a little confusing to use, because you cast all your votes by way of the touchscreen, then you are supposed to push a plastic button on the frame of the monitor to finalize and cast the ballot. I think the machines were different last election.

There is also no way to know how the system recorded my votes. No confirmation. It just disappears from the screen and you’re supposed to get lost. In some states I heard about people saying a machine switched their vote from one party to the other, and I’m not sure if they’re referring to what they see when you review your vote before it’s cast, or not.

Oh, well, it's done. Crossing my fingers tightly.

posted on Nov 6, 2018 2:12 PM ()


I was including ALL fraud--machines have NEVER been shown to be rigged.
comment by greatmartin on Nov 8, 2018 5:51 PM ()
NY uses paper where you fill in the bubble, then the machine sucks it up. Interesting that other states use equipment that doesn't seem to be as simple or reliable.
comment by jjoohhnn on Nov 8, 2018 12:20 PM ()
I think oversight of elections has to be federally done. It is obvious from the interference in North Dakota, Georgia, etc., that a lot can be done to prevent voting by minorities when the party in power in that state has total control.
comment by tealstar on Nov 7, 2018 3:33 AM ()
The DOJ should have been taking action way before this. We're awfully dependent upon the whims of any administration, and what they care to bother doing.
reply by drmaus on Nov 7, 2018 7:50 AM ()
That's a problem that can easily be solved but the voter's commission has to do that.
comment by greatmartin on Nov 6, 2018 7:22 PM ()
It would be a good thing for everyone to learn more about what their state does with elections, and who is deciding this stuff. The situation in Georgia for instance is just unthinkable.
reply by drmaus on Nov 7, 2018 7:48 AM ()
Many years ago Frontline on PBS did a piece about election fraud and how easy it was/is to tamper with the votes. Now that we have liars (and they're proud of it) in the White House, just imagine how bad it can get.
comment by traveltales on Nov 6, 2018 3:40 PM ()
She's not referring to fraud done by voters -- that, as you've said, has been found to be almost nonexistent. But voting machines themselves were found to be easy to rig and change results. I remember that reporting. I hope by now they're using different ones, but who knows.
reply by drmaus on Nov 7, 2018 7:42 AM ()
With all due respect--there really has been a load of election fraud looked into and, for example, only 4 votes in the whole State of Florida were found.
Very little voter fraud.
reply by greatmartin on Nov 6, 2018 7:21 PM ()

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