DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Several 2 NEWS viewers have reported claims of electronic voting machines possibly malfunctioning and improperly identifying a voter’s pick for president.
We asked the Montgomery County Board of Elections director about the concerns and she was unaware of any claims of faulty machines that are incorrectly selecting candidates.
“There’s no systemic problem and you can count on our election being safe and secure here in Montgomery County and I can speak for the other 88 counties as well in the state of Ohio,” Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Jan Kelly said.
Kelly said there are no reported claims of voters selecting one candidate on a machine, only to have their opponents name selected on the ballot instead.
“Everything is tested before it goes out in the field and if it doesn’t test 100 percent it doesn’t go out,” Kelly said.
She said it could be something as simple as voters hitting a button by accident. The good news is electors can reject the ballot and re-vote.
“Sometimes people will hit the wrong button or they change their mind, they said ooh I didn’t want to vote for that or didn’t realize that yes meant no or whatever and they can reject their ballot up to three times on the machine and even on a paper ballot,” Kelly said.
According to Kelly, Montgomery County has had over 8,000 early voters so far with no reported complaints.
The board of elections plans to send out the last batch of voter registration confirmation cards this week.
“We’re an instantaneous society now and sometimes that doesn’t happen, just because it is the mail system so it does take maybe 3-5 business days, so we’re asking people to be patient,” Kelly said.
Kelly said if you haven’t received your voter registration confirmation card yet, you can check your registration status online at My Ohio Vote.
She also said wearing t-shirts or hats for any candidates is not allowed. Voters will need to remove or cover the article of clothing before they can vote.