VIDEO: Pennsylvania Voting Machine Changes Obama Vote to Romney

A voter in Pennsylvania has posted a video to YouTube that he claims shows him trying to vote for Barack Obama on Tuesday morning. When he tries to select President Obama, though, the voting machine selects Mitt Romney’s name. At the end of the video, you can see the candidates running for Pennsylvania auditor general, so the polling place is definitely in the Keystone State. The person who shot the video did not reveal the precise location of his polling place. According to itv, it was determined that this was a calibration error and it was rectified when the machine was reset. The user’s description is posted, in full, below the video.

My wife and I went to the voting booths this morning before work. There were 4 older ladies running the show and 3 voting booths that are similar to a science fair project in how they fold up. They had an oval VOTE logo on top center and a cartridge slot on the left that the volunteers used to start your ballot.

I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney. Being a software developer, I immediately went into troubleshoot mode. I first thought the calibration was off and tried selecting Jill Stein to actually highlight Obama. Nope. Jill Stein was selected just fine. Next I deselected her and started at the top of Romney’s name and started tapping very closely together to find the ‘active areas’. From the top of Romney’s button down to the bottom of the black checkbox beside Obama’s name was all active for Romney. From the bottom of that same checkbox to the bottom of the Obama button (basically a small white sliver) is what let me choose Obama. Stein’s button was fine. All other buttons worked fine.

I asked the voters on either side of me if they had any problems and they reported they did not. I then called over a volunteer to have a look at it. She him hawed for a bit then calmly said “It’s nothing to worry about, everything will be OK.” and went back to what she was doing. I then recorded this video.

There is a lot of speculation that the footage is edited. I’m not a video guy, but if it’s possible to prove whether a video has been altered or not, I will GLADLY provide the raw footage to anyone who is willing to do so. The jumping frames are a result of the shitty camera app on my Android phone, nothing more.

  • geogeller

    hmmm. now as a software developer they would know that resetting or rebooting does magic and makes things disappear – i wonder how many people before him noticed it and also if this is malicious tampering with something that when they reboot to find it all of a sudden magically disappears into the abyss – if i was a software developer with a mischievous mind, I would have it erase on reboot too as a back up – erasing my tracks – so this might not be as harmless and resolved issue as one would like to think – could be the tip of the iceberg of tampering and a federal offense at that – food for thought

  • http://twitter.com/p0wdrdotcom Geoff McIver

    just use paper you morons!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmgorey Rian Mark Gorey

    That is just the opposite that was happening in North Carolina. Maybe the Black Panthers hanging outside the polling places in Philly or the Republican observers who were kicked out of the polling places (also in Philly) until let back in by a Federal judge will even things out.

  • Robert Stoddard

    Was there not an FMEA, user testing and human reliability analysis done on these machines? !!!!!!!!!!!