Video Shows Voting Booth Software Changing Votes

Voting booth software looks like it's changing votes in the 2012 presidential election

cory-jonesby cory-jones

Democracy in action. We have no way to know the validity of this video, but it is currently going viral as it shows someone attempting to vote for Barack Obama in Pennsylvania, while the voting software checks a vote for Mitt Romney instead.

As you can see, his finger clearly checks the Obama box, but the software checks the vote for Mitt. Who knows if there is any criminal mischief involved, or if this is just an unexplained error. Either way, be careful you’re voting who for who you want to vote for on Election Day.

According to the man who shot the video:

“I’m the guy who shot the video, hopefully this doesn’t get burried. You guys have questions, I have answers. My wife and I went to the voting booths this morning before work. There were 4 older ladies running the show and 3 voting booths that are similar to a science fair project in how they fold up. They had an oval VOTE logo on top center and a cartridge slot on the left that the volunteers used to start your ballot. I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted.

I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney.

Being a software developer, I immediately went into troubleshoot mode. I first thought the calibration was off and tried selecting Jill Stein to actually highlight Obama. Nope. Jill Stein was selected just fine. Next I deselected her and started at the top of Romney’s name and started tapping very closely together to find the ‘active areas’. From the top of Romney’s button down to the bottom of the black checkbox beside Obama’s name was all active for Romney. From the bottom of that same checkbox to the bottom of the Obama button (basically a small white sliver) is what let me choose Obama.

Stein’s button was fine. All other buttons worked fine. I asked the voters on either side of me if they had any problems and they reported they did not. 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.

EDIT: There is a lot of speculation that the footage is edited. I’m not a video guy, but if it’s possible to prove whether a video has been altered or not, I will GLADLY provide the raw footage to anyone who is willing to do so. The jumping frames are a result of the shitty camera app on my Android phone, nothing more.

via Reddit