Sophie Rogers, director of the Marion County Board of Elections, said the incident involving an errant vote has been settled. “We have to assure the members of Marion County that there is nothing wrong with the election,” she said on Wednesday. When a Marion Star article pointing out the problem a local early voter had getting her vote to register properly hit the internet, it sparked national attention. With numerous callers and emailers contacting The Star, including readers from Florida, Oregon, Texas and New York, it is not an isolated incident.
On Oct. 23, WGHP FOX8 in Greensboro, N.C., had several reports that President Barrack Obama’s name came up when Gov. Mitt Romney was selected by voters casting their ballot electronically.
One reporter for FOX8 said he received over a dozen calls from four different counties.
KMOV CBS4 in St. Louis reported a similar error on Oct. 25.
Local election officials and the vendor for the machines used in Marion say the machines are accurate and voters can be assured of votes counting correctly.
The machines are provided by Dominion Voting Systems. Spokesman Chris Riggall said incidents such as these are to be expected.
“These are platforms that, in some cases, have been in use for 10 years or longer,” he said. “In the course of millions and millions of ballots cast, you’ll get a report from a voter that the unit they were using was not accurately recording their choice.”