Clerk pulls voting machine after Mack man has problems with it

A Mack man urged voters Monday to double-check the readout of their votes cast on the touch-screen voting devices being used in Mesa County after he said he cast a ballot for “my man and the other man came up.”

Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner confirmed that there had been problems with a machine and that it ultimately was removed from service.

Voter Tom Doran said he had previously cast ballots on a direct-recording electronic machine, but that he was distressed to learn that his vote was being recorded opposite of what he intended, so he punched the button again “and it had four votes for the other guy and two for mine.”

When he called officials over, Doran said, “they tried to tell me that I was goofing up.”

Ultimately, he said, he cast a paper ballot, and was satisfied the other votes were cleared.

“Yes, we had a machine that wasn’t calibrating, the site supervisor confirmed it wasn’t lighting up the choice the voter was pushing,” Reiner said. “We took it out of service after he complained. “

A technician looked later at the machine and said it appeared to be operating, “but just to be sure we took it off the line,” Reiner said.

Doran urged voters to double-check their ballots.

“This election is too damn close” for voters not to be watchful, Doran said.


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