Voters in Texas have claimed that voting machines in several counties changed their presidential votes from Donald Trump to his rival, Hillary Clinton.
The voters said they had selected a straight republican ticket, but after they examined their ballots, they noticed that the machine had selected Clinton, a Democrat, for president rather than Trump.
Votes for down-ballot Republican candidates weren’t affected, according to the Dallas News.
In a viral Facebook post, the family member of a woman in Arlington claimed to have voted for a straight-Republican ticket, but she noticed that the machine showed Clinton instead of Trump for her presidential pick.
“I voted a straight Republican ticket and as I scrolled to submit my ballot I noticed that the Republican Straight ticket was highlighted, however, the clinton/kaine box was also highlighted! I tried to go back and change and could not get it to work. I asked for help from one of the workers and she couldn’t get it to go back either, ” wrote Lisa Houlette. Her post was shared more than 9,000 times.
Another woman, in a post shared 200,000 times, made a similar comment: “I had a family member that voted this morning and she voted straight Republican. She checked before she submitted and the vote had changed to Clinton.”
A lot of call-ins about vote flipping at the voting booths in Texas. People are not happy. BIG lines. What is going on?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2016
On Twitter, Trump weighed in on the allegations, writing there were “a lot of call-ins about vote flipping at the voting booths in Texas. People are not happy. BIG lines. What is going on?”
The allegations echo claims made by Trump, Republicans, as well as conservative news websites, who have claimed that voter fraud is rampant.
But Tarant County officials said the issue is likely an error made by voters, rather than a sign of election fraud.
Tim O’Hare, chairman of the Tarrant County Republican Party, told CBS DFW that voters have been inadvertently changing their votes by turning the machine’s wheel to change their page. “We don’t think there’s fraud inside the machine or software glitches,” he said.