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Republicans Whip Up Fears of Rigged Voting Machines to Delegitimize a Likely Obama Win

Top state election officials reply in forceful letters debunking accusations.

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Bartlett also explained why “improperly calibrated machines do not default in a manner that causes Republican votes to be recorded as votes for other candidates, Democratic or Libertarian.” He said, “The software will highlight only those candidates’ names the voter touched. But if a machine has lost its calibration or a voter inadvertently touches the wrong part of the screen, then the ballot may not reflect the voter’s intent. As a safeguard, every iVotronic voter is prompted on the screen before casting the ballot to review every vote on the ballot and to correct or change it if necessary.”

These responses are not saying that electronic voting-shifting problems do not occur. But that when they occur their scope is very limited—singular instances—and that there are ample opportunities for voters and poll officials to catch and fix the mistakes.

However, those reasonable replies are coming at a stage of the 2012 election when the political propagandizing is peaking, including the RNC’s efforts to cast doubt on the presidential results before the final votes are even cast on Tuesday.   


Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's retirement crisis, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting" (AlterNet Books, 2008).

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