Could it be something as simple as miscalibrated, too sensitive touch-screen voting machines?
It is hard to believe someone intentionally hacked machines to cause them to cast votes for candidates no one ever heard of, who did not campaign. That is illogical.
But two Democratic gubernatorial candidates, according to the R-J, have sent an email to the secretary of state alleging that electronic voting machines at some locations “were hacked or tampered with and the vote records changed, by person or persons unknown.”
The choice of “none of these candidates” won the Democratic primary with 30 percent of the vote, but two of the eight candidates question the outcome — Stephen Frye and Frederick Conquest. They claimed the probability of “none of these candidates” winning more than 16 percent of the vote was zero.
“For Robert Goodman to get 25 percent of the vote and Abdul Shabazz to get over 3 percent of the vote, with no campaigning at all is beyond any possibility given the results from all 17 county results and for Robert Goodman to win 16 counties is well over 3 million to 1 in probability,” they said in the email. They dropped the request for a recount when told it would cost them $8,000.
The odds they cite are similar to that of an unknown cipher getting 22 percent of the Republican vote in Congressional District 4 and actually winning two counties.
“Was it computer error? Was it a glitch in the system? We don’t know,” candidate Nigher Innis said in a press release. “But I believe until we investigate, until Secretary of State (Ross) Miller investigates, we won’t know the reason for Mr. Monroe getting 22 per cent of the vote. And believe me, there is a reason out there somewhere. We just have to work together to find it.”
But no one is doing anything to check to see if there might be some bugs in the programming or miscalibrations that might randomly reassign votes. It can happen.
“Vote flipping occurs when an e-voting touch-screen machine is not properly calibrated, so that a vote for Romney or Obama is flipped to the other candidate,” the Christian Science Monitor reported in 2012 about a Pennsylvania incident. “While the Pennsylvania glitch was reported and the machine reportedly taken out of service and quickly recalibrated, other flipping was reported by news media accounts in Nevada, Texas, North Carolina, and Ohio.”
So, at the very least, triple check that paper printout on Election Day, but is there any guarantee it is accurate?