Better memorize that number, folks. This YouTuber noticed a nasty anomaly at one polling station in Pennsylvania:
Here’s their story:
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.
So there you have it, readers…early evidence that voting machines have, indeed, been doctored with vote-falsifying software in certain key “swing” states, as feared. Jezebel reports that this particular “faulty” machine was taken offline, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t others with the exact same thing going on, only that the voters who used them were either less aware, less willing to raise a stink, or simply walked out without voting.
I noticed that there was a LOT of early and absentee voting this year; my Facebook feed was full of news from US-based friends who went that route, or posted local stories about early voting stations that were jam-packed in the weeks leading up to the election. Apparently, those voters didn’t have to contend with (possibly doctored) machines. And they didn’t mind the more laborious process of filling out paper ballots and mailing them in, either. They were, I’m guessing, aware and concerned about machine tampering. And I don’t have to guess too hard at who they voted for! When you hear boasts out of Pennsylvania and Ohio about how they will deliver the victory to Romney, while Repug-dominated Florida tried to head off early voters at the pass by halving the number of days they could cast their ballots, you don’t need to be a computer guru; you just have to add two and two.
Meanwhile, I’ll be up here if anyone needs me, making sure there are clean sheets on the spare beds. Just in case.
PS: Looks like one Ohio county, at least, is not standing for voter-intimidation tactics from the teabagger wing of the dirty-tricks party. Hope that others throw this group out, too.