Richard Rumfield was the first person to cast his vote at 6 o’clock this morning at the town municipal building in Phillipsburg. But as he was about to submit his choices, he realized an error with the machine. Rather than choosing the names he checked on his straight ticket, the machine had compiled the names listed below his preferred candidates.
Rumfield alerted a poll worker, who noted the error and said they’d report the malfunctioning machine. By going back through each question, and answering opposite of what he had the first time, Rumfield was able to manually choose the candidates for whom he actually wanted to vote, but he said he still left the polling place unsatisfied.
“Suppose there’s other machines in the town or Warren County that are rigged,” he said. “This machine should have been checked out before anyone was even voting on it.”
Rumfield called Phillipsburg police and left a message at the mayor’s office to also alert them of the discrepancy. But he said he felt the situation was not being treated as seriously as it should, considering other people who weren’t paying close attention could have cast votes that were not as they intended. “They tried to push it off like it was not big deal, but to me it is,” he said.