Some Pennsylvania Voting Machines Are Returning Errors, Reports Say

Viral video from Penn. shows machine error
November 8, 2016 1:50 pm Last Updated: November 8, 2016 2:17 pm

Voting machines in some Pennsylvania counties have been mired in problems, according to local reports.

Penn Live reported that in Lebanon County, there was an error in some machines’ calibration, where five of the 270 voting machines malfunctioned.

Voters noticed the errors after reviewing their ballots before submitting them. But Lebanon County Election Director Michael Anderson said that none of the votes were incorrectly cast.

Anderson then said the problem was fixed, adding that there was no indication of votes incorrectly registered in their system.

According to the Lebanon Daily News, Anderson said that 5 to 6 machines changed to represent straight Democratic tickets. In these cases, voters attempted to vote a straight Republican ticket.

On Twitter, one Pennsylvania resident posted a now-viral video of him trying to change a vote from Hillary Clinton-Tim Kaine to Donald Trump-Mike Pence.

“This is what I was talking about, they fixed it but it was on some nut [expletive] at first,” the man tweeted, adding that a poll worker helped him fix it. 

Pennsylvania is considered a crucial swing state for this election.

In Washington County, Utah, some poll workers said people had to resort to using paper ballots due to machines malfunctioning. At a Houston-area polling station, a computer also broke and voters were sent to a station two miles away.

The Associated Press reported that some 52,000 people in Utah might have to use paper ballots.