Problems Identified In Guilford County Early Voting

Problems Identified In Guilford County Early Voting

4:40pm Oct 23, 2018
Officials in Guilford Co. say dated technology is responsible for problems with early voting. Sean Bueter/WFDD.

As early voting is underway, word comes from Guilford County that problems are arising as some people cast their ballots. 

Guilford County elections director Charlie Collicutt is warning voters to check their ballot for accuracy. Precinct officials have received complaints from people saying that voting machines are marking their ballot for the opponent of the candidate they actually chose.

Collicut says that he doesn’t think the problem is widespread, but it is happening occasionally. He says the mistake is as likely to favor a Democrat as a Republican candidate.

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Collicutt says it’s not the result of a conspiracy, but the fault of dated technology that is in need of adjustment. The touch-screen equipment that Guilford County uses was bought 12 years ago.

He suggests that voters watch carefully as they mark their ballot, being sure to double check it in the review option before casting their final vote.

Voters who notice a discrepancy should contact a precinct officer.

Early voting continues until November 3rd, and Election Day is November 6th.

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