Voting Machines Switch Votes

During the 2020 election, Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox said at a press conference on Nov. 6 that “in Antrim County, ballots were counted for Democrats that were meant for Republicans, causing a 6,000 vote swing against our candidates. The county clerk came forward and said, ‘tabulating software glitched and caused a miscalculation of the votes.’”

The Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has stated that the error was the result of human error caused by the failure to update the Mancelona Township tabulator prior to an election night for a down-ballot race. But a forensics report of Dominion voting machines in Antrim County disagreed and concluded that the vote flip occurred because of machine error built into the voting software designed to create the error.   

On Dec. 3, 2020, the Arizona GOP finished an inspection of a sample of randomly selected 100 duplicate ballots in the state and found that two ballots cast for Trump were altered. One of the original ballots showed that the person voted for President Trump, but the duplicated copy switched the vote to Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Another original ballot showed the person voted for Trump, but the duplicate copy was voided. The 2% error rate is significant as Biden’s margin over Trump is only 0.3% in Arizona. 

On Nov. 30, Maricopa County GOP chairwoman Linda Brickman testified before members of the Arizona State Legislature what she personally observed in the duplication room, “I observed, with my Democratic partner, the preparation of a new ballot, since the original one was soiled, or wouldn’t go through the tabulators. I read her a Trump Republican ballot, and as soon as she entered it into the system, the ballot defaulted on the screen to a Biden Democratic ballot.” She remarked that when she reported the issue to election supervisors, others in the room also commented that they had “witnessed the same manipulation.” Mrs. Brickman has submitted her testimony in a sworn affidavit under penalty of perjury. Maricopa County is the only county in Arizona that uses Dominion Voting Systems. 

Maricopa County GOP Chair Linda Brickman Discusses Irregularities She Observed

One of the earliest reports about voting machines switching votes was in 2012. During the municipal election in Palm Beach, Florida, Dominion customer relations said a software “shortcoming” led to votes being assigned to the wrong candidates and the elections office declaring the wrong winners. 

More reports about voting machines switching votes emerged in 2018. In Richard County, South Carolina, “Voters are reporting the final voting submission page did not reflect their intended vote, saying their vote ‘flipped.’” The Richland County Elections Director expressed that the problems were caused by a calibration issue with the voting machines. State Election Commissioner Chris Whitmire said it is very common for voters to make “unintended selections.” 

Another report in 2018 mentioned a similar problem in Indiana “1:45 p.m.: Problems with Tippecanoe County’s touch screen voting machines switching votes, raised more than a week ago in early voting, turned up again Tuesday.” “Shortly after noon, a video of a voter trying multiple times to check the box next to Democrat Tobi Beck’s name shows an ‘X’ appearing next to the name of her Republican opponent, Jim Baird, for U.S. House in Indiana’s 4th District.”

During the 2018 election in Pennsylvania, the New York Times reported, “Vote totals in a Northampton County judge’s race showed one candidate, Abe Kassis, a Democrat, had just 164 votes out of 55,000 ballots across more than 100 precincts. Some machines reported zero votes for him. In a county with the ability to vote for a straight-party ticket, one candidate’s zero votes was a near statistical impossibility. Something had gone quite wrong.” “With clearly faulty results in at least the judge’s election, officials began counting the paper backup ballots generated by the same machines. The paper ballots showed Mr. Kassis winning narrowly, 26,142 to 25,137, over his opponent, the Republican Victor Scomillio.”