Civitas has received reports that the voting equipment in Guilford county is recording votes for Obama when the voter had indicated a vote for Romney.
These reports sound similar to problems with the Direct Record Equipment (DRE) in several counties in NC 2010. In several counties in 2010, people who voted a straight Republican ballot were surprised to find that when they reviewed their ballot the equipment had recorded a straight Democratic vote. Here is a story from WWAY that explains what was happening in New Hanover County in 2010 and another from the N&O.
This kind of problem is a calibration issue and usually an easy fix, but if you don’t check your ballot – and just press vote – you may be voting for someone you did not intend. Elections Boards like to call these things a “glitch”.
While not every county in NC uses DRE’s to vote, it is a good reminder for the voters who do vote with a touchscreen to check your ballot before pressing the button to vote.
I have contacted Guilford County BOE and will update this blog when they return my phone call.