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The day after the Guilford County
issue blew up, Fox 8 News reported a similar incident in Forsyth County a voter cast a vote for Obama but it showed up as a vote for Romney on the review screen. There were also problems in Jamestown reported.
And one woman in another part of the county said her vote, which she cast for Obama, initially showed up on the screen as a vote for Romney.
It may be that voters are more attuned to noticing any problems in the voting process right now since it has been in the news and they are reporting glitches to the media that otherwise would be resolved at the polling place but not reported.
Winfree said that, while there are problems with touch screen voting machines such as these calibration issues there are also problems with the optiscan system in use in many other parts of the state. Voters fill in circles on the optiscan ballot much like when taking the SAT or GRE test.
Twenty-four of North Carolina's 100 counties rely on touch screen voting machines.
Winfree said there are problems with the optiscan system as well.
"It can allow you to over vote," Winfree said.
He said that happens when a voter accidentally fills in two circles on one line. In those cases, the votes for both candidates are thrown out.
Also, with the optiscan ballots, there's no notification when a voter hasn't voted in some races.
"Optiscan doesn't warn you about under voting," Winfree said. "It doesn't say, you didn't vote in this race."
Gilbert agreed that optiscan voting systems bring their own set of problems. He said, for instance, a voter using an optiscan ballot might have mistakenly filled in the wrong circle but, since there's no feedback, he or she would never know.
Gilbert said the touch screen machines have added safe guards.
"There are three times to check your vote," he said.
Voters see the check box, then they are given a confirmation screen, then the votes are printed on the paper tape, which may also be checked by voters.
"If you vote and never look at the screen, then I can't help you," Gilbert said.