Tuesday, November 06, 2012

YouTube video shows electronic voting machine altering votes from Obama to Romney

Since the advent of electronic voting machines, there has been concern and criticism over issues with them. On Tuesday - yes, the day of the election - a video of an electronic voting machine altering votes has been posted to YouTube.

The video clearly shows a user selecting Barack Obama. However, his vote is changed to Mitt Romney, every time.

The user had to find a little tiny place on the Obama button that would work for him. His blurb on the video (embedded) is below.
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.

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.
It was noted quickly by some, and actor George Takei posted it to his Facebook page, along with some advice.
If you experience an anomaly (such as this) please call a voter hotline such as 1-855-444-6100. Bring your camera phone and document the problem.

No comments: