More W.Va. voters say machines are switching votes

Three Putnam County voters say electronic voting machines changed their votes from Democrats to Republicans when they cast early ballots last week.

This is the second West Virginia county where voters have reported this problem. Last week, three voters in Jackson County told The Charleston Gazette their electronic vote for “Barack Obama” kept flipping to “John McCain”.

In both counties, Republicans are responsible for overseeing elections.


Please remember to check your ballot BEFORE you cast your vote to ensure your vote is correct! If you are having problems with the machines, ASK FOR HELP! DON’T ASSUME ANYTHING!

If this can happen in one state, it can happen in every state.

Shelba Ketchum, a 69-year-old nurse retired from Thomas Memorial Hospital, described what happened Friday at the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield.

“I pushed buttons and they all came up Republican,” she said. “I hit Obama and it switched to McCain. I am really concerned about that. If McCain wins, there was something wrong with the machines.

“I asked them for a printout of my votes,” Ketchum said. “But they said it was in the machine and I could not get it. I did not feel right when I left the courthouse. My son felt the same way.

“I heard from some other people they also had trouble. But no one in there knew how to fix it,” said Ketchum, who is not related to Menis Ketchum, a Democratic Supreme Court candidate.

It would be nice to have a clean election for a change. But that will only happen if people pay attention, don’t assume anything, and if something isn’t right, ask for help. You have the right to ask for assistance if something isn’t right. You have the right to take someone with you if you need help.

“I touched the one I wanted, a Democrat, and the machine put a checkmark on the Republican instead,” Oates said of her experience Thursday.

She said she caught the mistake, called over a worker in the county clerk’s office and was able to correct her vote. But she worries other voters may not catch such a mistake.

PAY ATTENTION AND MAKE THEM DO IT RIGHT! All you have to do is ask and don’t be pushed around.

PS — This is very important information that needs to be passed around. Forewarned is forearmed. The choice is to let the election be stolen away by cheaters.

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