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Response to Voting Machine Complaints

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The Republican National Committee has filed complaints with six different states, including Nevada, alleging that voting machines are incorrectly registering votes for President Obama when voters choose a different candidate.

According to Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, these kinds of allegations pop up every election. Still, it is an issue Miller said he takes seriously. He reiterated that voters' ballots will be cast for whichever candidate they choose.

"We hear these rumors every cycle," Miller said. "Last cycle we sent investigators out, along with the FBI, who completely debunked these claims, and we're hearing them again."

The RNC sent letters to election officials in Nevada, Ohio, Kansas, North Carolina, Missouri, and Colorado. The letter refers to alleged reports from voters, saying in part:

"...in a significant number of cases, voting machines have populated a vote for Barack Obama when a voter cast his or her ballot for Mitt Romney."

Miller said something like that happening is basically impossible, since each machine is outfitted with a paper trail that the voter can verify before casting a ballot. In addition, rigging the machines would involve thousands of people spread across counties and venues in six different states.

"In order for that to happen, it would take a massive criminal conspiracy," Miller said, "because we don't centralize the process of programming the machines for the ballots. It is done in each county individually."

The RNC's letter requested that all poll locations re-calibrate their machines before election day, add more technicians at the sites, and notify voters to double-check their ballots before they cast them.

Miller said in Nevada, polling locations already perform calibrations on the machines every day before they open.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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