Voter Fraud or Miscalibrated Voting Machine?
Well here we go again! A video posted early today from a user on YouTube from username CentralPavote shows a person trying to vote for Barack Obama and the computerized machine picking Mitt Romney. It is clear from many that have chimed in already that there is going to be much to be said about this video. My perspective is quite objective, for I am not for either of these candidates really. The online portal Gawker first contacted Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Senior Staff Technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, to ask his opinion; here’s what he told them:
It’s a concern but not because of fraud… that’s an obviously miscalibrated iVotronic (ES&S) voting machine… we would recommend that poll workers would recalibrate the machine and everything would be fine. Also, with some models of voting system if you place a thumb on accident while resting on the machine it can “bias” the calibration of the touchscreen up towards the errant thumb. That could be happening to, if it’s only for this one voter.
Well from what the YouTube user sites on their description from the video he states he alerted the poll worker as he states here “I then called over a volunteer to have a look at it. She him hawed for a bit then calmly said “It’s nothing to worry about, everything will be OK.” and went back to what she was doing. I then recorded this video.” So we really do not know how many people were affected by this one machine. And also if one machine is not calibrated correctly if in fact that is what is happening, then how many others are not working correctly?
We the People Must Watch our System
This whole election thus far has been a real eye opener for me personally. I am sure there are cosmic influences slowly alerting people to the inner truths that are in all of us. And for all of us, that evolution will be unique for each and every one of us. However, one thing I feel is certain, collectively we all have to be accountable for our failures and successes. And it could be one, two, or possibly three errant voting computers may cause us all to look much closer at our governmental system. We need to stop dividing ourselves and debating with one another over a system of beliefs that is being fed to us by an antiquated political system.