After two long years of reports of hacked voting rolls and questionable tactics in the area of voter suppression, the midterm elections have many Americans worried about whether or not their elections will be legitimate.
In South Carolina’s Richmond County, issues have already arisen just hours into election day, with voting machines irregularly switching votes.
According to local news station WLTX 19, an affiliate of CBS:
‘News19 reached out to Richland County Elections Director Rokey Suleman who says they believe the problems were caused by a calibration issue. This means that as voters were intending to select a candidate, the machine was registering a separate candidate.’
Technicians scrambling to fix voting machines in South Carolina county after they're caught changing votes https://t.co/Qoaf5XL1e5
— John Makuch (@kooch54) November 6, 2018
Speaking with technicians who manage the machines, the news station reports that the irregularities are normal considering the massive turnout of voters in these midterm elections.
‘Technicians tell News19 that it’s typical that votes get recalibrated two to three times a day on election day.
‘They often chose to recalibrate before each ‘rush’ around 7 am, noon and 5pm. However, the higher than normal voter turnout caused them to recalibrate earlier than normal.’
So does this mean Dem votes are being switched to Republican & Republican are being switched to Dem?👇
Technicians scrambling to fix voting machines in South Carolina county after they’re caught changing votes https://t.co/i55ut0NaJp
— Hermione (@HermioneIsHere) November 6, 2018
Not everyone, however, accepts that this is true. One voter struggled with casting her vote so much that she had to ask for another machine and then called the news station to report the issues.
‘One caller tells News19 she attempted to correct her vote several times to no avail. She asked a poll worker for another machine.
‘Richland county voters who are experiencing any poll problems should call 803-576-2238.’
Voting machine problems reported in South Carolina counties as Election Day begins https://t.co/B38pfoAGig
— Marcus Thomas 🌊 (@marcusthomas01) November 6, 2018
For anyone who experiences the same issues at their polling place, rockthevote.org encourages you to “please call 866-OUR-VOTE or text OUR VOTE to 97779 to get free support from the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition.”
South Carolina is certainly not the only state to face these issues with voting machines. To see the same issues happening in Texas, watch the video from The Young Turks below: