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1/ You may be seeing reports of Texas voting machines changing the selections of some straight-ticket voters.

But the voting machines are not at fault. Here’s what is happening, and how to avoid it.

#earlyvoting #txlege #tx2018 #txsen
2/ Voters have reported voting for straight-ticket, but when they reviewed their final list of selected candidates, someone from an opposing party was picked instead.
3/ Here’s the deal: The problems reported are the result of “voters hitting a button or using the selection wheel before the screen is finished rendering,” which de-selects the pre-filled candidate selection.
4/ It is happening mostly in the @TedCruz and @BetoORourke race, because it is at the top of the ballot.
5/ But it isn’t happening that often: On Saturday, the secretary of state’s office said they have only been notified of fewer than 20 related issues.
6/ The problem is happening with Hart eSlate voting machines, which are used in 82 of Texas’ 254 counties.

Around 7.2 million registered voters live in those counties, which account for 46 percent of registered voters in the entire state.
7/ In a statement Friday, Hart eSlate said it "simply records the voter’s inputs. It does not, and cannot, 'flip' or 'switch' votes."
8/ So, how do you avoid this?


Double-check all your votes before submitting your ballot. Take your time.
9/9 Bottom line: Voting machines aren’t malfunctioning.

The secretary of state’s office is advising Texans to check their ballots and to double-check all votes cast before submitting their final ballot.
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