Calibration problems reported for voting machines in Wilson, Guilford
Posted November 3, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Voters turned out in record numbers for midterm early voting, but some precincts reported ballot problems.
Currently, 35 counties use iVotronic machines, including 24 exclusively. But some areas have reported calibration problems with the machines – voters select one candidate, but the machine casts their vote for someone else.
“One mis-vote is one too many,” said Josh Lawson, state Board of Elections spokesperson.
The issue occurred for seven in 7,000 voters in Wilson County and for a handful of voters in Guilford County, Lawson said.
The errors reminded some of the more than 4,500 votes lost on an electronic voting machine in Carteret County in 2004. The General Assembly voted to return to paper ballots by 2018. Wake County is already using paper ballots.
Lawson advises voters to check their ballot on the voting screen to ensure accuracy.
"If you have any reason to doubt that your vote is being cast correctly, raise your hand, make sure the precinct worker comes over and talks to you," Lawson said.