Voters report problems with electronic ballots

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Submitted: Thu, 10/25/2012 - 9:28pm
Updated: Sat, 10/27/2012 - 1:48am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This week there’s been an uproar around the state about electronic ballot machines changing votes from one candidate to another.

It’s been reported to have happened in Guilford and Mecklenberg Counties. New Hanover County Board of Elections Director Marvin McFayden says that one person has complained about the error here, but he says it was a machine maintenance issue.

“These are much larger counties, where we have voted 26,000 people since the start of One Stop on October 18,” McFadyen said about the problems reported in other parts of the state. “You know, Mecklenburg (County) is voting 15,000 people a day, so these machines are being used much more rapidly than they would be in New Hanover County.”

McFadyen said every machine in the county is calibrated every morning, which should prevent any errors.


  • guesty says:

    He doesn’t have to go to Tennessee for love, we love the Tea Party here as well. Everybody can’t be on welfare, got to have some people paying taxes.

  • GuestDaniel from TN says:

    1. Please define “calibrate” the voting machine.
    2. If people were choosing obama and the X appeared in the Romney box just one time in one state I guarantee you it would be national headline news.
    America or obama! You can’t vote for both!

  • Veronica Lacewell says:

    When my daughter and I went to vote on Monday we notices that Mike McIntyre name was not on the ballot.Even other members found the same thing on there ballot and we would like to know why he was not.

    Thank You,
    Veronica Lacewell

  • GuestMan. says:

    Co back to TN where they love tea-baggers.

  • Guest333333 says:

    Why does the only problem seem to be when people vote for Romney that Obama shows up….

    There has not been one single incident, made known to the public anyway, of someone voting for Obama and Romney showing up…

    I wonder why the “calibration” issues seems to obviously favor one candidate over another and its the one clearly losing in this state and the one that has driven this country so deep in debt and regulations and programs that will fail and health care that will surely close a lot of small businesses….Just wonder why the “calibration” problem goes that way….HMMMMMMMMMMMMM

    My guess is, at the end of all this, there is going to be so much corruption from the left that there is no way Romney is going to get a fair shake in the election….

    BTW…..To the person that said the voter did not commit fraud…Voter Fraud does not mean the VOTER did something wrong al the time…It means that fraudulant actions happened to have a vote cast for a particular candidate…for instance, someone voting more than one…an “uncalibrated” machine changing the vote of someone….

  • DP101 says:

    I have already heard of three people in New Hanover and one in Brunswick
    that has had this problem. I will have my camera with me when I vote!!!

  • Guest7969 says:

    “He goes on to say that every machine in the county is calibrated every morning, which should prevent any errors.” IF that was the case…we wouldn’t be talking about this, WOULD WE!? I’m just fed up and DISGUSTED by the lack of care over voting in this country!

  • Guest2020 says:

    My husband had that happen in Brunswick County. It’s a good thing he reviewed his votes before submitting.

  • ROGER says:

    The article tells us about the problems that have come to their attention. It does NOT say what happens to the votes that were entered and were not reported. How were these votes identified and corrected.
    Were they just left alone and counted as recorded? It was previously reported that if the votes were for Romney, they were switched to Obama.
    This constitutes VOTER FRAUD,does it not.

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    I do not see anything in this article that even suggests that a voter has done anything that could be considered fraud.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Elizabeth says:

    I have not voted yet, but my 18 year old son voted yesterday at the Government Center in New Hanover County and it happened to him. He was a little upset when he voted for Romney and Obama showed up on the ballot.

  • Guest123 says:

    OK regardless of who wins Romney or Obama….I feel there is a recount coming….OMG!!!! Can this election be OVER!!!!!

  • discouraged voter says:

    This problem with electronic ballots is actually being reported all over the country! Unbelievable!

    I would also like to question the Board of Elections in Pender County. In Pender County they REFUSE to look at proof of residence, ID or anything. They only request that you SAY your name and address and they repeat it back. I understand that in New Hanover County you must present proof of residence. What is to stop some groups committed to voter fraud from going to another Pender County location during the early voting and use their neighbor’s name and address, or anyone else’s for that matter?

  • GuestUSMC says:

    There is far too much chance for error or tampering with electronic voting. We need to go back to paper ballots, marked by voters which can be reviewed if necessary. Voting also needs to be done on election day and forget about early voting and such. Absentee ballots should be the only exception.

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