Check Your Ballot!
I tried to stay away from the hacking the votes stories, especially today, because I am sure you are pretty much tired of hearing about it. But as I read the above article about known software glitches in Texas voting machines, I could not help but comment.
What doesn’t seem to be happening is that the software is “switching” votes. Actually what does seem to be occurring is people are pressing the button to allow for a straight party vote, then before the machine registers that selection the user is going on to press other buttons and the machine doesn’t recognize the initial selection and goes back to “default” selections. Unfortunately, Republican candidates are listed first therefore the “default” is a Republican candidate. This is of course a huge software problem, because the default should be an empty ballot not a selection, but I digress.
The article underscores that sometimes it is not the external threat actor, but problems with our own buggy programs that may be a larger issue. I voted on these machines last week here in Texas and literally had the press the button several times for my candidate to be selected. I triple checked my ballot to make sure my selections were correct before pressing VOTE. It doesn’t take that long to just make sure. Happy Election Day!