Stylus added to voting machines to help avoid vote flipping

Published: Nov. 1, 2016 at 3:26 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2016 at 11:01 AM CDT
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SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Election Commission said some voting machines have been malfunctioning when some users try to cast their ballots.

According to Shelby County Election Commissioner Norma Lester, some voters tried to select Hillary, but the vote flipped to Trump. Other voters reported voting for Trump and seeing him removed from the ballot completely.

This can happen when the touchscreen calibration malfunctions. The calibration malfunction can cause a Hillary selection to go to Trump and a Trump selection to go to nobody (because of the alignment of the candidates on the touchscreen).

To help make sure this doesn't happen anymore, new signs have been placed on the voting machines alerting voters of the presence of a stylus. Use of the stylus will help improve the accuracy of the touchscreens, according to the election commission.

Commissioner Lester said all errors have thus far been corrected prior to voters casting their ballots. However, Lester stressed that a ballot cast is a ballot recorded and all voters should use the multiple confirmation screens to make sure they are voting for the candidate they wish to elect.

Lester said she will advocate for the purchase of new voting machines in the future. She said that will help reduce the number of machine malfunctions.

"Two years is the absolute longest we should have to wait. As taxpayers, we deserve better and nothing is more important than the integrity of the election process," Lester said in a written statement.

The last day to vote early is November 3. Election Day is November 8.

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