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PA Machine That Changed Obama Vote to One for Romney 'Recalibrated' and Put Back in Service

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This morning I posted a YouTube video which showed a Pennsylvania voting machine recording a vote for Mitt Romney which was intended for Barack Obama.

Mother Jones reports that the machine was taken offline, "recalibrated", and put back in service:

MSNBC's Zachary Roth reported that a Pennsylvania electronic voting machine was taken out of service after the video went up, but Mathew Keeler, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of State, says the machine is back online again—though he couldn't confirm whether that rejiggered terminal was the same machine featured in the video.

"There was a single complaint, so they recalibrated the machine, did a test run, and put it back online. We've had no complaints since then," Keeler says. While he couldn't say for certain that this was the machine that "centralpavoter" attempted to use, he added that "we believe they are probably connected."

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  1. I resisted Ryan's sex appeal and voted for Obama!

    Posted by: Gast | Nov 6, 2012 4:00:33 PM


  2. "Recalibrated"

    What could be calibrated on such a voting machine?

    - the touchscreen driver. But, the particular failure mode described on the original YouTube video doesn't seem to leave room for solution by calibration. It's specific to the application, treating the Obama region differently from the other regions in that category.

    - the touchscreen itself might have been replaced with another one. Not really recalibration, but replacement with calibration on a fresh device.

    - the voting application software. This wouldn't be so much a recalibration as a reconfiguration of settings so that the correct display/input regions are associated with correct buttons. If this is the problem, it's either intentional, or incompetence. Computers do what you tell them to do, no more, and no less. Despite common parlance and consumer passivity, software ships with the defects the vendor wants it to have. There are no errors.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 6, 2012 4:05:58 PM


  3. Is it any surprise that Tagg Romney invested in the company providing these machines in Ohio and other swing states? that's worrisome.

    Posted by: Gast | Nov 6, 2012 4:11:31 PM


  4. Randy - what are you talking about there being no errors. Software ships with errors all the time. I worked for one of the biggest software companies in the world. We shipped a product with a beta testing time bomb still in it. Every one that was shipped had to be recalled.

    Posted by: JaysonJ | Nov 6, 2012 4:18:06 PM


  5. Randy - what are you talking about there being no errors. Software ships with errors all the time. I worked for one of the biggest software companies in the world. We shipped a product with a beta testing time bomb still in it. Every one that was shipped had to be recalled.

    Posted by: JaysonJ | Nov 6, 2012 4:18:12 PM


  6. When Randy wrote, " Computers do what you tell them to do, no more, and no less," these are obviously the words of someone who has never dealt with a multiprocessor system or a network device driver (which tends to be messy due to bugs, not all of which are documented) in the chip designs.

    I'm not sure what had be "recalibrated" in this case. Are they daft enough to display an image of a paper ballot with a table giving the location on the screen of the active area for each candidate? That sounds like an admission of incompetence, so it's worth demanding that they explain exactly what went wrong.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 6, 2012 6:39:35 PM


  7. I wonder why there's no mention of the instances of Black Panthers standing outside polling places.

    For all the accusations of Republicans trying to intimidate voters, there seems to be a willful blindness toward the fact that Democrats do the same damn thing.

    Posted by: Jack | Nov 6, 2012 8:05:29 PM


  8. Jack's more delusional than the Romneys after Ohio was declared for Obama. If there were Black Panthers there they were only combating True the Vote idiots.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Nov 7, 2012 7:52:42 AM


  9. That sounds like an admission of incompetence, so it's worth demanding that they explain exactly what went wrong.

    Posted by: idateasian | Nov 16, 2012 12:52:50 AM


  10. what if all the machines in every state was altered and set to aim at casting due to pre set up to vote for Obama. This one incident that should be brought to every one's notice and take serious action to see the votes were machine tampered in favor of Obama. How come one single vote was cast in Philadelphia !11This was too good to be true.

    Posted by: vemaseku | Dec 3, 2012 7:07:47 PM


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