Voters claim issues with voting machines

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Updated: 11/05/2012 12:27 am
Reno, NV (KRNV & since the Republican National Committee sent a letter on Thursday to the Secretary of State's Office claiming machine errors were taking place in Nevada people have started to come forward with complaints.

News 4 talked to three different voters, who went to three different locations, on three different days who all claim they had issues with voting machines.

Retired Reno resident Jim Allen says the machine he used wouldn't let him select a presidential candidate at all. He had to ask for help.

"When I went to vote for president I put the eraser in the round dot and nothing happened," Allen says.

Reno business owner Claudia Chambers had no issue selecting candidates, but when her results printed, the tape was so crunched together

"When I cast the vote the tape was scrunched up and you couldn't read the tape," Chambers says.

So Chambers canceled her vote and voted again. She says she had to make sure it was correct something she believes every voter should check.

Molly Rakestraw tried voting multiple times and she claims the machine selected a different candidate.

"The first time I pressed the button for Romney it came up on Obama. I thought that was strange, but I did it again and it came up and it came up again on Obama. The third time I tried it cam up on Romney," Rakestraw says.

To be clear all of these voters were able to vote for the candidate they wanted all three wanted to vote for Governor Mitt Romney.

"This was not a human error I'm absolutely sure of it," Allen says.

As of Saturday afternoon. the state had received 9 formal complaints about machine errors statewide.

News 4 was there when Jim Allen submitted his formal complaint.

"Somebody might not realize they voted for somebody other than who they wanted to and they might miss it and that would be the integrity of the election would be compromised," Allen says.

In an interview Sat. with our sister station in Las Vegas, the Secretary of State Ross Miller explained machines are calibrated regularly and his office takes complaints very seriously.

So far there has been no evidence there is a statewide mass error with machines.

But voters want their issues known.

"I'd like to know for sure that it wasn't some machinery that was deliberate and I don't feel that that's the case, but I think that computers are only as good as the users, then it's up to you as the voter to make sure your vote is right," Rakestraw says.

Rakestraw, Allen and Chambers all caution to voters come November 6th.

"Take your time, don't feel pressured by anybody, make sure your vote is correct the way you cast it you have time to look and don't leave until you're sure of it," Chambers says.

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earth420 - 11/5/2012 8:24 AM
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Ya know what??? I bet their was a lot malfunctioning voting machines in 2008 too!!! I think it's despicable to accuse these folks of operator error ... it's calling all these folks STUPID just because they don't back YOUR LOUSY candidate!! Go Romney!!

Grayson Cain - 11/5/2012 7:03 AM
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The biggest issue is what's known as "user error". Folks, you've gotta learn how to be smarter than the dumb machine. If you can't, then it's probably good for society if your vote DOES count for the opposite of what YOU chose.

Sandra - 11/5/2012 5:06 AM
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My ballot did not have a vote spot for the President ?????? ONLY the VICE president which brought up my candid ?????? I questioned this and was asked did you chose your choice I said YES BUT it TOOK a ""roundabout way"" ?????? This has bothered me sense it happened friday 2nd SunValley district and more so sense others have had issues ???? also my friend who voted at the same time told me her ballot had a president option ?

ngrad - 11/4/2012 3:42 PM
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I had no problems. In and out in less than 5 minutes. I checked the printed tape and went back and forth. It appears that SPEED who was happy the REPUBLICANS stole the 2000 election is unhappy because REPUBLICANS are having more difficulty in trying to steal this one. Only one person has been arrested in Nevada for voter fraud. That one was a registered REPUBLICAN!

dragonfam - 11/4/2012 1:56 PM
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I had no problem placing my votes, checking my printed vote or registering my vote. When my wife voted, 3-days later, she had no problems with her voting process. No person around us, either time, reported any problems and several people described the entire process, from waiting in line until turning in the voter card, using terms "quick," "efficient," and "precise." Since the people reporting "problems" all admit to a particular party bias, these "reports" appear to be be nothing more than groundwork for denying the legitimate votes and results of the majority of American citizens.

Speed - 11/4/2012 1:07 PM
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I can see where a DEMOCRAT would think it's user error. As a group,they seem to think anything is fair game to get the results THEY want. Voting machines have a considerable history of "errors" that seem to result in votes for Democrats where the opposite result was intended. If the true results were a mix of D/R &R/D I could believe it was an innocent error,but the way this stuff is coming up,it fairly screams VOTER FRAUD.

red rocker - 11/4/2012 8:16 AM
3 Votes
Had absolutely NO problems here!!!I would say user error too!

teedofftaxpayr - 11/4/2012 7:30 AM
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Considering the people of the area-it "user error".

tikidianne - 11/3/2012 11:49 PM
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I had trouble with my voting machine... when trying to press the circle selecting the president, the machine didn't respond... I worked it over and over, then finally it responded... got me worried about the accuracy going on here... the tape did print the correct selections, however.

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