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How to avoid problems with voice mail voting in Texas

Hello, Texplainer: I hear reports of voice machines that change the selection of some correct ticket vendors. What gives? Voices…

Hello, Texplainer: I hear reports of voice machines that change the selection of some correct ticket vendors. What gives?

Voices from all over the state have reported a curious thing that happens during the polls this week: they meant voting on a straight ticket but when they reviewed their final list of selected candidates, someone from a opposing party chose instead.

Some wondered if there was incorrectness. Other blamed wrong voice machines. And both Democrats and Republicans have tried to warn voters in their respective parties.

However, according to the texas secretary of the state office, voters are not wrong. Rather, the reported problems are the result of “selectors who turn on a button or use the selection wheel before the screen is ready”, which deletes the pre-filled candidate selection.

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“The problem arises mainly with the US Senate election, because it is on top of the vote,” said Sam Taylor, a spokesman for the State Secretary.

The problem happens with Hart eSlate voice machines, used in 82 of Texas 254 counties. About 7.2 million registered voters live in these counties, which accounts for 46 percent of registered voters in the entire state. And three of the five counties with the most registered voices, Harris, Tarrant and Travis, use them. Hart InterCivic eSlate did not respond to a request for comment.

So what should you do if you are in one of these counties? Light. Double check all your voices before sending your vote.

According to the Secretary of State, Hart eSlate Voice Machines have an “enter” button and a selection board to help voters choose their election candidate. The office urges voters to use one button at a time and do not turn on the “enter” button or use the highlight wheel until the page is complete.

“If Texans have a problem, they should ask a survey worker for help immediately and not cast their vote before carefully reviewing the summary screen at the end to make sure all their choices are listed correctly,” Taylor told Texas Tribune in an email statement.

The State Secretary has no legal authority to force all sellers to make upgrades if their voice systems are otherwise in accordance with federal and state law. Läner is also responsible for purchasing own voice equipment. Hart eSlate’s system was certified in 2009, according to The Associated Press.

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However, it is worth noting that the voting vote will not last for much longer. Last year, Greg Greg. Abbott signed a bill that will eliminate the “One Punch” voting option from Texas polls starting in 2020.

Early voting will end on November 2nd. Valdagen is November 6th.

Bottom line: Voting machines do not work. The state secretary advises Texans to control their polls and to double-check all votes made before sending their final vote.

Chris Essig contributed to this report.

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