State and local elections in off-years provide pundits endless fodder for predictive analysis, even though flipping coins might be just as predictive. One prediction that seems to come true every time, however, is that computer-screen voting will remind us of the wisdom of hand-marked paper ballots. In Indiana, computer-screen voting machines switched voter choices — for the second straight election:
A vote switching problem that frustrated Greater Lafayette voters in November 2018 elections – and wound up part of a federal lawsuit filed in October – caused scattered problems again during Tuesday’s municipal Election Day.
Tippecanoe County Clerk Julie Roush traveled to West Lafayette Fire Station No. 3, 1100 Kalberer Road, shortly after lunch Tuesday to check the calibration on three machines, after receiving a call from a voter who said the voting machine he used kept marking an “X” for someone else when he touched the screen for the candidate he wanted.
Meanwhile, Robert Kurtz, a voter in West Lafayette, took a video of faulty vote recording on a touch screen at a vote center a Federated Church in West Lafayette. The video captured his attempt to vote for three of four candidates for three at-large seats on the West Lafayette City Council.
“When I touched a square next to a candidate’s name, the machine selected the square for the candidate above,” Kurtz said. “If I touched the square for the candidate at the top of the list, nothing happened.”