Calibration problems reported for voting machines in Wilson, Guilford

Posted November 3, 2014

— 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.


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  • Tammy Rush Nov 5, 2014
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    "what was Easley arrested for again?" -- Not voter fraud.

  • lessismore Nov 4, 2014

    7 in 7000 is the number reported.....could it be 75 in 7000? What about 700 in 7000? No way to actually know the depth of corruption. Many voters probably did not know their votes were changed by corrupt machines...who programed these machines.... there you will find the truth.

  • Atheistinafoxhole Nov 4, 2014

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    So wait, just be clear - are you saying that 7 out of 7000 (.001 percent) miscast votes is no big deal, but an even smaller percentage of "fraudulent" voter cases (.0000172 percent) is big enough to pass a law to stop it?

  • jimcricket15 Nov 4, 2014

    This is a nit. Seven errors in 7000 voters is a nit especially given they realized there was a problem. Folks equipment does fail. It could have been checked out and been okay and then failed today. I serviced IT equipment for 10 years and I was never NOT busy. In fact, on election evenings when the results were coming in and being posted by the county my company paid me to be at the county main office to be instantly available if equipment malfunctioned. If was easy overtime.

  • nerdlywehunt Nov 4, 2014

    Tea party games! They maintain and run the election process in Wilson.

  • lessismore Nov 4, 2014

    Laptop.....I agree. These machines should have been checked out before an election. It actually looks intentional to see this now. But again. Every time they are caught they blame it on something. Lois Learner lost emails ...her hard drive crashed and everyone she communicated with...their hard drives crashed also, and they were all destroyed before they told anyone.... not a smidgen of corruption.

  • Steve Austin Nov 4, 2014
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  • lprop Nov 4, 2014

    The big time sponsors should be a little upset. They knew the election was coming and had plenty of time to double check the equipment.

  • Gary Lasereyes Nov 4, 2014

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    what was Easley arrested for again? Im sure you thought he was just a victim though because democrats are pure as the driven snow

  • Matt Wood Nov 4, 2014
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    I work in IT, and we constantly see cases of "programmed" computers not doing what they were "programmed" to do. It's called a bug, and it can result from a myriad of programming or, yes, calibration issues.