Early voting began Monday in many states, and there are already disturbing complaints rolling in about machines that are not calculating the votes the way they were cast. A Texas voter named Lisa Houlette posted her story on Facebook, giving weight to concerns that election irregularities could tilt the tide toward Hillary Clinton.
“Gary and I went to early vote today,” Houlette wrote. “I voted a straight Republican ticket and as I scrolled to submit my ballot I noticed that the Republican Straight ticket was highlighted, however, the clinton/kaine box was also highlighted! I tried to go back and change and could not get it to work. I asked for help from one of the workers and she couldn’t get it to go back either. It took a second election person to get the machine to where I could correct the vote to a straight ticket. Be careful and double check your selections before you cast your vote! Don’t hesitate to ask for help. I had to have help to get mine changed.”
Houlette wasn’t the only Texan to have problems with the machines. Arlington resident Shandy Clark had a similar story to share on Facebook.
“Hey everyone, just a heads up! I had a family member that voted this morning and she voted straight Republican,” Clark wrote. “She checked before she submitted and the vote had changed to Clinton! She reported it and made sure her vote was changed back. They commented that it had been happening.”
Oh yeah, no big deal, that’s just the way the machines do it sometimes, ya know? Apparently we’re just supposed to cross our fingers and hope that everyone who encountered this glitch noticed what was happening.
Oh, wait, no, that’s not what we’re supposed to believe. We’re supposed to believe that Houlette, Clark, and others are blaming the machines for their own inability to vote correctly.
“Our machines are state and federally certified. We do three logic and accuracy tests, which were done before military voting started in September,” Randall County Election Administrator Shannon Lackey told Fox News. She said that complains of this sort pop up every time there’s an election and that they could pretty much be dismissed as human error.
Maybe she’s right. But you can’t help but get suspicious when you have the Democratic Party suing the RNC because they’re so terrified of volunteer poll watchers monitoring the precincts for fraud. You have to wonder what they’re so afraid of.
Bottom line: be vigilant. Double-check your ballot before you send it through. Whether we’re looking at fraud, technical glitches, or human error, we have to do everything we can to make sure our voices are heard.