Vote Obama, get some Romney in your Voting Machine (UPDATED)

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Ihr erinnert Euch an den Simpsons-Sketch zur Wahl 2008? Als Homer Obama wählen wollte und die Wahlmaschine für McCain abstimmte? Nun, das gibt’s jetzt auch in echt:

My wife and I went to the voting booths this morning before work. There were 4 older ladies running the show and 3 voting booths that are similar to a science fair project in how they fold up. They had an oval VOTE logo on top center and a cartridge slot on the left that the volunteers used to start your ballot.

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.

2012 voting machine altering votes

[update] In dem Zusammenhang mehr als interessant: Romney Family Owns Voting Machines (Danke Thomas!). „Tagg Romney, the son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has purchased electronic voting machines that will be used in the 2012 elections in Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington and Colorado.“

[update] Forbes: „The machine in this video is from the same company that installed the last minute software patches on those machines in Ohio.“