After a Republican state representative candidate in Illinois witnessed his selected votes get changed by the voting machine to favor the Democrats last week, similar type of activities in the early voting period of the 2014 midterm elections are now being reported in Michigan as well, according to Watchdog.org.
With the primary state election only a week away, it is deeply concerning that voting machines, this time in Maryland, are showing a pattern of switching Republican votes to Democrats.
"When I first selected my candidate on the electronic machine, it would not put the 'x' on the candidate I chose - a Republican - but it would put the 'x' on the Democrat candidate above it," local voter Donna Hamilton said.
"This happened multiple times with multiple selections. Every time my choice flipped from Republican to Democrat. Sometimes it required four or five tries to get the 'x' to stay on my real selection," the Frederick, Md., resident said last week, adding that she had notified officials of the problem at the Frederick County Center.
"I'm not sure what was done about it. If someone is not paying close attention, they could end up voting for the wrong candidate," she said.
A similar problem was encountered by Sheriff Gary Hofmann in Queen Anne County.
"This is happening here as well. It occurred on two candidates on my machine. I am glad I checked. Many voters have reported this here as well," Hofmann, a Republican, wrote in an email Sunday evening.
Additionally, two voters in Anne Arundel County also experienced the glitch after a Diebold touchscreen voting machine decided to change their Republican votes in favor of the opponent Democrat candidate on Friday.
However, deeming it as a "calibration issue," Joe Torre, election director in Anne Arundel, said only one voting machine had been affected.
After canceling their votes, the two Maryland voters were allowed to start over the whole process.
In Chicago, Jim Moynihan was at the Schaumburg Public Library to cast his vote for the 2014 midterm elections on Oct. 22 when the incident occurred, according to Illinois Review.
"I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent," Moynihan said. "You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat."
As Moynihan continued to select several Republican candidates on the ballot, the touch screen voting machine repeatedly switched his choices to register votes for the opponent Democrat in each race instead.
It was only after he pointed out the glaring mistake to the election judge and demonstrated the machine's obvious glitch that he was eventually able to properly vote for his candidate's party, including his own race, Fox News reported.
"Clearly, I am concerned that citizens will be unable to vote for the candidate of their choice, especially if they are in a hurry and do not double check their ballot," added Moynihan. "I cannot say whether or not this was intentional, but Cook County voters deserve better and should not have their right to vote suppressed."