Update: Video from The Young Turks!
Voters are rightfully upset in West Virginia when they pushed the screen for Obama it changed to McCain. Shelba Ketchum, a 69-year-old retired nurse had this to say to reporters.
“I pushed buttons and they all came up Republican,” she said. “I hit Obama and it switched to McCain. I am really concerned about that. If McCain wins, there was something wrong with the machines.
“I asked them for a printout of my votes,” Ketchum said. “But they said it was in the machine and I could not get it. I did not feel right when I left the courthouse. My son felt the same way.
“I heard from some other people they also had trouble. But no one in there knew how to fix it,” said Ketchum, who is not related to Menis Ketchum, a Democratic Supreme Court candidate.
Democracy Now notes, these problems only seem to be in two counties in West Virginia.
In West Virginia, voters in at least two counties using touchscreen voting machines have claimed their votes were switched from Democrat to Republican. Six voters reported having this problem in Jackson and Putnam Counties. In both counties, Republicans are responsible for overseeing elections. Election officials blamed voters for not being more careful. Both counties use machines made by Election Systems & Software.
The Charleston Gazette has comments from other voters who experienced problems.
Ketchum’s son, Chris, said he had the same problem. And Bobbi Oates of Scott Depot said her vote for incumbent Democratic Sen. John D. Rockefeller was switched to GOP opponent Jay Wolfe.
“I touched the one I wanted, Rockefeller, and the machine put a checkmark on the Republican instead,” Oates said of her experience Thursday.
She said she caught the mistake, called over a worker in the county clerk’s office and was able to correct her vote. But she worries other voters may not catch such a mistake.
When asked if she is sure she touched the box for Rockefeller, she said, “I’m absolutely positive.”
As Democracy Now noted, the only two counties so far with problems are ones run by Republicans. Hopefully, they will get this problem fixed right away. I’m just glad the voters caught the malfunction. If I hear anymore on the West Virginia voting irregularities, I will post an update.