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RNC questions accuracy of voting machines
Group asks for recalibration before election day
by WKSU's GRANT ENGLE
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While many voters remember the controversy of hanging chads in the 2000 presidential election, the Republican National Committee says advances in voting technology may not save us from another recount debacle.

The RNC sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted asking for all touch screen voting machines to be recalibrated before Tuesday.

The letter cites media and citizen reports that some voting machines have populated a vote for President Barack Obama when the voter intended to cast their ballot for Mitt Romney.

While the letter doesn’t specify any Ohio counties in particular, it says there have been a significant number of errors across the country.

Brad Cromes is the deputy director of the Portage County Board of Elections. He says Portage County has had only one issue with a voting machine this year, and it wasn’t a calibration problem.

Brad Cromes compares touch screen voting machines to ATMs

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“It’s not too dissimilar from using an ATM. If you have long fingernails or touch the ATM with multiple fingers, sometimes it won’t right away recognize what you’re doing. I think that’s a very similar thing to what you see happening on a voting machine.”

Cromes says the board of elections will wait for guidance from the secretary of state before taking the action outlined in the RNC’s letter. 

Portage County already plans to inspect all voting machines before they are sent to polling locations on Sunday and Monday morning. That inspection includes calibration testing.

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