ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – All morning the KMOX newsroom was across the bi-state area at different polling places to learn what election day has been like for the average voter.
Charlie Brennan’s show was full of stories from local voters about their experiences:
One man in Maryland Heights reported a voting machine was automatically changing his presidential vote from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton.
“There’s no straight Republican or Democrat ticket anymore on the electronic (ballot),” the caller said. “I voted for Trump, I voted for the Republican governor, and then I pressed the button for the next Republican senator and the machine changed my vote from Trump to Clinton.
“I did it four or five times, they called a supervisor over,” he said. “They were reluctant to push the button, I said ‘Ma’am, you’re more than welcome to, I’m not ashamed of who I’m voting for, you can push the buttons.’ Finally they just shut the machine down.”
“All the people behind me lost confidence,” he said. “I said, ‘It’s rigged.'”
KMOX then reached out to St. Louis County Election Director Eric Fey, who told Brennan, that simply cannot happen.
“Every single voting machine is tested and calibrated by a bipartisan team before it is sent into the field,” Fey says. “It goes through an extensive logic and accuracy testing, before it’s sent out.”
Fey says such problems are caused by voters touching the screen in multiple places at the same time, which can throw it off. One caller tells KMOX she was able to correct the vote before the machine was taken out of service.
The callers reporting issues continued, but this time due to the use of cellphones:
And another caller said he nearly was thrown out of his polling place because he had a cellphone out while in line.
And there were plenty of people unhappy with their wait times. But this local voter was a little more frustrated than most:
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