Fairfax Democrats issued a warning Thursday about reports that touch-screen voting machines were malfunctioning during early voting, switching ballot selections to the opposing candidate. Jessica Tripp and Penelope Nunez move a table at Arlington Art Center, a polling center, in preparation for Super Tuesday. (Melina Mara – The Washington Post) Fairfax County elections officials said they were aware of two instances in which voters claimed the machines had changed their votes. But officials expressed confidence that both were cases of user error.
The Fairfax County Democratic Committee issued a news release saying it had received “several reports of voting machines displaying opposite ballot selections on the final screen before the vote is cast.” Frank Anderson, executive director of the committee, said in an interview that eight to 15 voters had called to complain about problems with the machines.
The reports come at a time when concern about voter fraud is running high around the country and particularly in Virginia, where the presidential and U.S. Senate races are running neck-and-neck. The General Assembly passed voter ID law this year meant to prevent voter impersonation.