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Voting Machine Removed After Forcing Vote for Reeves

By Alyssa Schnugg
News Editor
alyssa.schnugg@hottytoddy.com

A voting machine at the District 4 voting precinct in the Burgess community in Lafayette County has been removed after it malfunctioned early this morning.

The machine would apparently override votes in the Republican primary runoff governor race, changing a vote for candidate Bill Waller Jr. to Tate Reeves.

Lafayette County resident Ethan Peterson recorded the machine’s actions and posted it on Facebook.

Peterson was finally able to cast his vote once clearing the screen by pressing the “X.”

Regardless of who you vote for, make sure your vote is cast correctly. This happened to me this morning. As soon as the screen appeared, Reeves name was already marked. I started videoing after that. A poll worker said it happened to her as well. I ended up tapping the “x” to get it to clear, then I was able to cast my vote for Waller, Jr. #vote #wallerforgovernorETA: I called 1(800) 829-6786 Election Hotline and reported the issue.

Posted by Ethan Peterson on Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Circuit Court Clerk Baretta Mosley said the calibration of the machine was lost due to it being either dropped or “man-handled” during transportation.

The machine was taken out of service after the poll worker at the District 4 precinct reported the issue. A technician was dispatched to fix the problem, which Mosley said was “resolved quickly.”

She said the other voting machines are “working fine.”

“They were all tested on Friday and all worked fine,” she said. “Sometimes when we transport them to the precinct they get bumped around and the calibration is off.”

Polls are open until 7 p.m. tonight. Hottytoddy.com will be reporting the results live from the Lafayette County Courthouse.


 

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