The reliability of voting machines to accurately count votes has come under scrutiny. Especially since the fiasco of the Windham Incident that took place at the November 3, 2020 General Election. Those election results produced the largest numerical discrepancy between election day vote totals and a subsequent hand recount.
That disturbing event triggered people in a few dozen NH towns to submit Warrant Articles seeking to ban the use of voting machines to count votes in their town. Many of those people have reached out to me – asking for examples and reasons for voters to ban voting machines.
Here are 8 reasons:
Reason #1: While it is more work… hand counting ballots has historically been a more accurate way to tally votes.
Reason #2: Voting machines can be easily programmed with malware to produce fraudulent results.
Reason #3: All of NH’s voting machines are programmed by a single company with no way for voters to know if the machines were properly programmed. This sets up a scenario of trust with no verify. If election integrity is important, then this should be a red flag.
Reason #4: Voting machines can malfunction and cause ballots to be misread – thereby causing voters to be unknowingly disenfranchised.
Reason #5: Voting machines are NOT consistently accurate from machine to machine (see graph below).
This graph shows the different vote totals that were counted for the Rockingham County District 7 Race in the Windham 11/3/20 Election. It contains the election day totals (11/3/20), the hand recount totals (11/12/20), and the totals that were generated during an audit when all of the ballots were fed through each of the four voting machines.