UPDATED: November 4, 2014 2:22 p.m.
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Malfunctioning voting machines are causing issues for voters in several Virginia precincts, the Republican Party of Virginia says.
RPV wrote a letter to the Virginia Department of Elections this morning stating there were problems with some of the electronic voting touch screens in at least four different Congressional Districts.
“Voters have difficulty selecting the candidate of their choice using the touch screen because the
screen’s touch sensor is not properly aligned with the text that appears on the screen,” a RPV spokesman said in the letter.
A video link included in the letter shows a machine malfunction when someone tries to select the Republican candidate on the ballot:
Below are the precincts where RPV says the issue is happening:
Prince William County
City of Virginia Beach
The Virginia Department of Elections confirmed that some voters reported having a different selection appear after making their choice on the electronic ballot.
The department released a statement later Tuesday afternoon in response to the issue.
“Virginia Beach and Newport News are experiencing technical difficulties with their AccuVote TSX Touch Screen voting machines,” the Dept. of Elections said. “These technical difficulties are being addressed by both localities’ teams of voting equipment technicians in conjunction with AccuVote vendors. Based on discussions with local election officials, the issues appear related to touch screen calibration.”
The elections department says voters should double check their selections before submitting their ballots. It also says any machines that show issues are immediately taken out of service and there are still plenty of other machines for voters at the affected locations.
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