Skip to comments.Update: Polling place concerns in and around York County [DEM flyer sends voters to wrong poll!]
Posted on 11/06/2012 4:03:54 PM PST by lightman
Problems were reported Tuesday at polling places in and around York County, as well as across the country.
The Associated Press reported that there was a confrontation involving Republican inspectors over access to some polls and a last-minute court fight in Ohio over election software. One Florida elections office mistakenly told voters in robocalls the election was on Wednesday.
Here's a look at some of the local issues:
--- A voter in Perry County reported a voting machine that improperly indicated a vote for Mitt Romney when Barack Obama was selected.
The problem, according to a news release from the Perry County Commissioners, occurred at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Before the vote was recorded, the voter became aware of the problem and the vote was canceled, according to the release.
The voter then voted on another machine without any reported problem.
Upon notification of the reported problem, the Perry County Bureau of Elections discontinued use of the machine until it could be recalibrated and tested.
The Perry County Bureau of Elections is not aware of any votes that were improperly cast and counted, the release said.
--- At Aldersgate United Methodist Church in York County, another touch screen machine was recalibrated for a similar problem.
A voting machine at the church had to be recalibrated after the touch screen options and the sensors didn't quite match up.
"We were having issues with it not responding," said Joe Compton, judge of elections for the York Township polling place. "Voters kept hitting the 'next' button and nothing happened."
The options on the screen and their corresponding sensors were "off by a quarter of an inch," he said. For example, he added, "if you hit the high side of the center circle" when picking a candidate, "it wouldn't register."
After about 40 voters used the machine, it was shut down and recalibrated early Tuesday morning. Compton was unaware of any misvotes as a result of the machine's complications.
--- Nikki Suchanic, York County director of elections and voter registration, said her office has not received complaints from anyone about voting for the wrong candidate Tuesday afternoon.
Any complaints must be registered with the state Department of State here.
Those complaints are then forwarded to each county's district attorney for review.
"The review screen lists everybody you're voting for," said Suchanic. "Check that review screen before you hit 'cast my ballot.'"
-- A Democratic party flier telling Yorkers to cast their ballot at the downtown YMCA sent many voters from other precincts in the wrong direction Tuesday morning.
"I don't know where these fliers are coming from," said Ukwanna Nesbit, elections judge for the YMCA polling place. "They're coming from all over York. I don't know why."
The light blue door hanger features pictures of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and U.S. Senator Bob Casey.
The bottom of the flier reads: "A communication of Organizing for America Pennsylvania, a project of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, which paid for the communication."
People came from as far as Jackson Street near York College, thinking they voted at the YMCA, Nesbit said.
Nesbit directed the confused voters to their proper polling place. Some were supposed to vote at the Princess Street Center. For others, it was a church on Jefferson Street.
Polling Attorney Ron Perry reported the flier to the Democratic Party of York County, which contacted Organizing for America.
Chad Baker, director of communications for the Democratic Party of York County, said the mistake boils down to a group of volunteers picking up the wrong stack of fliers.
"They got all these fliers printed with the precincts listed on them. They all get shipped at once," he said. "On their way out the door, they grabbed the wrong stack."
Baker said the party is attempting to rectify the situation "as quickly as possible" so "voters know where they need to vote and they have that opportunity."
"It was an oversight," Baker said. "It could have happened to anyone on either side of the aisle. You get overzealous the night of the election, energy is flowing and you happen to grab the wrong stack of fliers."
Robocalls, he said, will be made to voters in the affected areas to ensure they know their proper polling place.
------ A small glitch at the Dover YMCA Tuesday morning had poll workers handing out paper ballots.
The polling place's device used to activate ballot cards was "having an issue," said Nikki Suchanic, director of York County's elections/voter registration office.
"You can use the machines without the card activator," Suchanic said. "The poll workers might have panicked and didn't know what to do."
All poll workers are trained to put the electronic voting machines in a "manual" setting as a back-up in the event of a card activator failure, she said.
She said no other machine problems were reported throughout the county this morning.
This flier was put on doors in York city. Some people were directed to the wrong polling place.
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No one but an obamabot would fall for that!
Couldn't happen to a better bunch of socialists/commies/fascists. Next time, give 'em shortcut directions to hell.
Heh... just kidding.