In a sign of increasing anxiety over the use of electronic voting machines, the Republican National Committee this week alleged problems with e-voting machines in six states that use them for early voting. John Phillippe, general counsel of the RNC, contended in a letter to the secretaries of state in Nevada, Ohio, Kansas, North Carolina, Missouri and Colorado that voting machine errors caused some early votes cast for Gov. Mitt Romney to be credited to President Barack Obama. Phillippe said in the letter that the RNC learned about the alleged voting machine errors from media and citizen reports. … The RNC letter evoked an angry response from a Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, who called the RNC claims “irresponsible” and “unfortunate,” and said that they are based on rumor, hearsay and unconfirmed media reports.
“Unfortunately your letter fails to provide any direct evidence that any particular voter in Nevada experienced any ‘errors’ with their voting machines or any details which could be used to open an investigation,” Miller wrote in a letter to RNC officials.
Miller said the RNC letter didn’t identity any affected voters whose votes were allegedly miscast, or any polling place where the errors allegedly occurred. So far, he said, the state has not received a single complaint from early voters regarding their use of electronic voting machines.