Illinois Voting Machine Switching GOP Votes To Democrat

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CORRECTION:  This incident occurred in the 2014 election – NOT this week.  Mr. Moynihan tweeted out a video of his experience this week, which caused confusion about the dates.   Our apologies!  The story is true, and confirms why many voters are skeptical about whether the voting machines are trustworthy. Mr. Moynihan did not win the election.


Early voting started in Illinois Monday, and at least one machine has already been caught switching the votes.

To top it off, the voter who discovered the trouble was Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan – when he tried to vote for himself, the machine switched the vote to his opponent.

Moynihan had gone to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library, and the touch screen voting machine kept switching his vote to Democrat on every race on the ballot.

was Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan.

“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.”

Moynihan said he notified the election judge at the polling place and showed them what it was doing.   He was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including himself.

Jim Scalzitti, Deputy Communications Director for the Cook County Clerk’s office said the machine was taken out of service and tested.   “This was a calibration error of the touch-screen,” he said.  “When Mr. Moynihan used the touch screen, it improperly assigned his votes due to improper calibration.”

Scalzitti thanked Moynihan for alerting them of the machine’s failure.

“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,” said 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.”

He posted a warning on Twitter, reminding voters to check their votes before submitting it.

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