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Somerset Co. Board of Elections Remove Faulty Voting Machine

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 PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Somerset County's Board of Elections recently removed one of its touch screen voting machines after one early voter reported a calibration issue.

Early voter George Baum of Princess Anne said he had some trouble at his voting machine yesterday. He said he tried to vote for a Republican candidate, but the name of the Democratic candidate was selected and displayed.

 "I pushed the candidate[Republican candidate] that I wanted to push, and it automatically went to the one[Democratic candidate] above it and I was utterly confused," Baum said.

He said he reported the issue to an election judge who called for help.

“ I demonstrated it, how it [vote] did it [flipped] about 10 times,” Baum said. “Out of the 10 times, it actually did it [flipped] six of those times."

Nearly a dozen Maryland counties, including Wicomico, Queen Anne's and Dorchester, have reported calibration issues at the polls. Joanna Emely, Somerset County's election director, said the machine has been removed from the polling center, and officials are now monitoring other machines. Emely said voters should notify an election judge immediately, if they notice something wrong while casting their vote.

“We want them to speak up,” Emely said. “ We want to know about anything  they see that they don't think is quite right."

Baum encourages voters to do the same.

“It was just very troubling because if someone is not paying attention, they could very easily cast a vote for who they do not want to cast a vote for,” Baum said. “That's just not right.”

Early voting in Somerset County ends Thursday, October 30th at 8 p.m.



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