You may have seen news reports over the weekend that in an almost unheard of Saturday session, a Federal judge ordered the State Board of Elections be required to take steps to ensure voters’ ballots are accurately cast. This followed a lawsuit filed by the NCGOP after receiving multiple reports of voting inaccuracies in several North Carolina counties.
Although I am pleased with the court’s ruling, it is unfortunate that a Federal judge had to intervene in a matter that the State Board of Elections should have taken care of without prompting.
The ruling ordered the State Board of Elections to take the following steps on Election Day:
1) Provide written and oral notice to every voter using touch screen machines that problems exist, and to carefully review their ballots before confirming them.
2) Preserve all Personal Electronic programs, ballots, metadata, source codes, and any programs or data that reflects machine calibration.
3) Issue an order that poll workers in all precincts be required to keep a record of all complaints by voters regarding the touch screen voting machines.
The suit was filed against the SBOE by the NCGOP after receiving multiple reports of voting inaccuracies in counties across North Carolina. The complaints followed a similar pattern, in that voters using touch screen voting machines were attempting to cast a straight-ticket Republican vote, while the machine attempted to verify their vote as a straight-ticket Democrat. Attorneys for the NCGOP had been in contact with the SBOE since early last week, but the lack of action by the SBOE compelled the legal action.
It was obvious that the Board of Elections did not take this problem seriously and I could not stand idly by while voters’ confidence drained away. It is unfortunate that taxpayer resources were wasted on legal proceedings when the remedy was so apparent. We applaud the decision and hope it will ensure votes are tabulated accurately and protect the integrity of this election.
We are just hours away from the finish line. The day we have waited for and worked so hard to prepare for is upon us. Tomorrow, history will be made in polling places throughout North Carolina. Make sure you and your people are doing everything possible to bring home the victory on Tuesday.