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Dorchester County Working Around Possible Problems at the Polls

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- People streamed to the polls all day in Dorchester County on Thursday to perform their civic duty and cast a vote.  Their choices determine the future of their local government, all the way up to the federal level, so it's important to get it right.  Brandon Hesson was one of Thursday's voters during early voting, but he had heard about the potential issues at the polls, and was concerned.

"I guess there was some calibration issues on the screen and some selections were being done incorrectly in other areas.  So before I started voting, they gave me a list of things to do to make sure I touched exactly what I want to vote on, confirm that my selection is checked off in the little box," said Hesson.

So far, the State Board of Elections said 20 machines have been reported with issues, 12 have been tested, but the problem has not been replicated.  The 8 remaining machines have yet to be tested and are out of service.  They say each machine is calibrated before each election, and in the past, they have found that issues are due to voter error, not the machines.

To cut down on the number of incorrect votes, whether that be by mechanical or human error, voters are told not to use their finger on the touchpad, but use their knuckle instead.  And also double check after each press on that touchpad to make sure they have selected the right person.  At the end of the voting, there will be a summary page which shows who you selected and you are asked to double check it again before you submit it.

The reported issues had some like Carol Levy-Ruark wary enough to wait until election day.

"It absolutely would give me pause, but actually it's going to give me pause when I go to vote because it's important, so at least I will pay more attention."

But voters here say there's nothing wrong with being careful anyway.



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