Voters at one polling station in Pennsylvania have reported problems with automatic machines after their vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump was allegedly automatically switched to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (video below).
Poll workers in Clinton Township said most of the problems occurred when a voter tried to select an entire party ticket, KDKA reported.
“Every time I would push a candidate for the Republican Party, it would come up for the Democratic candidate,” David Drane told KDKA.
But other voters noted specific issues with the presidential ballot.
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“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,” Bobbie Lee Hawranko said.
Election Protection describes itself as a nonpartisan voter protection coalition. In a briefing in Washington, D.C., it declared it had received complaints on a variety of voting issues from 80,000 voters and it expects to hear from 175,000 by the end of the day.
The coalition noted an increase in reports of voter intimidation.
Machines also malfunctioned in parts of North Carolina, according to Election Protection. This was a particular problem in Durham County, ABC News reported.
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However, a spokesman for the North Carolina State Board of Elections said the issue was with machines used for signing voters in, not for voting.
According to Politics USA, half of all calls to Election Protection to complain about voter intimidation came from Pennsylvania. Special attention is being focused on the state because it is a must-win in the presidential race.
Complaints included poll workers asking for ID in Philadelphia, even though there is no ID requirement in the state, and a lack of a Spanish language service in counties required to provide it under the Voter Rights Act.
“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,” Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe told KDKA, after visiting the polling station in Clinton Township where problems were reported.