Turnout has been abundant and voting efforts have been mostly straightforward during today’s Presidential election.
However, there have been some reports of problems with polling electronics.
David Drane, voter, said,”Every time I would push a candidate for the Republican party, it would come up for the Democratic candidate.”
Official election judges in Clinton Township, Pennsylvania say there has been problems with two of their eight voting machines, particularly with straight-ticket voters.
Some people who wished to vote for Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump, and saw their vote switch to Hillary Clinton upon submitting.
“I went back, pressed Trump again. Three times I did this, so then I called one of the women that were working the polls over. And she said you must be doing it wrong. She did it three times and it defaulted to Hillary every time,” said voter, Bobbie Lee Hawranko.
Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe went to Clinton Township to personally check on the reported voting errors. He said, “If somebody has an issue, they should certainly let the judge of elections at the precinct know and also call their county bureau of elections as folks have done here this morning.”
Rep. Metcalfe added, “Those machines should be taken out of the mix and they shouldn’t be using those machines. They ought to be replacing those and using new machines to replace the ones that are acting up.”
Since then, the voting machines have been re-calibrated and officials say the error has been fixed.
“I would like to know that my vote was for Trump, and not for Hillary,” voter Bobbie Lee said.
Also in Pennsylvania, there have been reports of election judges not showing up to polling sites in Allegheny County.
Margaret Vernon, an election official, showed up nearly three hours after polls had opened. Sheriffs escorted her to the voting site, and she will subsequently be charged with failure to perform duties.