This is what it looks like when a voting machine changes your vote

This is what it looks like when a voting machine changes your vote
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Early voters in Maryland and Illinois this year have reported faulty voting machines that changed votes for Republicans to support Democrats instead. Now, two voters from Moline, Illinois. have captured the problem on video:

The short clip, taken with a camera phone inside the voting booth, shows the voter touching the screen in the Republican candidate's area, only to have the box by the Democrat's name checked. This happens for multiple races, and the voters eventually discovered that pressing the very bottom of the GOP box was effective.

A Republican candidate from the area said his office has received nearly 20 calls from early voters reporting the same issue. The county clerk, a Democrat, says there is nothing wrong with the machines.

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Bonnie Kristian

Bonnie Kristian was a deputy editor and acting editor-in-chief of TheWeek.com. She is a columnist at Christianity Today and author of Untrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking Our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Community (forthcoming 2022) and A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today (2018). Her writing has also appeared at Time Magazine, CNN, USA Today, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and The American Conservative, among other outlets.