In what the local news is calling “user error’, straight-ticket voters in Texas are finding that some of their selections are being changed. Straight-ticket voting or straight-party voting is when a voter opts to vote solely for one party. I point this out because, as of yet, that’s who has reported the problem.
According to Fox News, voters casting their ballots early in Texas claimed this week that when casting Democratic or Republican straight-ticket ballots, voting machines in at least 80 counties in the Lone Star State flipped their votes to the other party in key midterm races, including the high-profile competition between incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz and his Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke.
The Texas secretary of state’s office on Friday said that there have been issues reported with Hart eSlate voting machines, which are used in approximately 30 percent of counties statewide. The machines feature a wheel for selecting candidates and buttons to move from screen to screen.
But the secretary of state’s office said the issues were not caused by the voting machines, but by voters themselves.
“The Hart eSlate machines are not malfunctioning, the problems being reported are a result of user error — usually voters hitting a button or using the selection wheel before the screen is finished rendering,” said Sam Taylor, spokesman for the office of Secretary of State Rolando Pablos.
We urge everyone voting in the midterms to pay attention to the finalization screen before sending your votes in to be counted. By taking an extra few seconds to review your selection you could prevent a serious issue in November.
Even if you look at this as ‘user error’ there is yet another issue at hand that in NO WAY could possibly be a simple mistake. John Graves of Vision America is helping educate Evangelical voters before they hit the polls in November.
Vision America prints voter guides and makes them available to churches so Christians can know where candidates stand on the issues. But his group has become the target of dirty tricks. In Texas, someone copied his voter guides and re-worded them to mislead voters. He recently spoke to CBN News about the issue:
Vision America works with pastors to encourage Christians around the country to vote and participate in elections. Their nonpartisan voter guide for Texas shows where both candidates stand on issues like the Supreme Court, right to life, and protecting religious liberty. Over the weekend, however, an unknown person made fraudulent copies of the guides changing the text of the issues and mixed them into piles passed out at multiple churches in Texas.
“They snuck into churches to deceive church members,” said Graves. “I’ve been around this for over 25 years and I’ve never seen or heard anything like that.”