Jackson County Clerk Jeff Waybright said, “After we got a call from the Secretary of State’s Office, we recalibrated the machine. We had already voted over 400 people with no problems.”
Voting problems occur when voters touch the screen, Waybright said, but do not put their fingers inside boxes for their candidates.
Waybright blamed the problem on voters.
“People make mistakes more than the machines,” he said, “but I went in yesterday and recalibrated the machines. We are doing everything we can not to disenfranchise anybody.”
Matheney remains concerned.
“Leaving the polling place,” she said, “I wondered how many voters might not have noticed that their vote was switched on the machine.”
This election process itself is under fire this year. I’ve commented on the registration fraud and voter suppression (I would be remiss in mentioning that fraudulent registration does not imply bad votes), and now that voting has started, I get to talk about bad voting machines.
It does not matter whether or not this is malice or incompetence. It is unacceptable. In a year where we hear that the margins are so slim, every vote needs to count. I don’t care if people want to vote for Obama, McCain or Bob Barr–their vote should count for their candidate.
Instead of focusing on Acorn or registration, we should be focusing on voter suppression and faulty voter machines.