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Tipp. Co. Clerk: Voters Should Have Checked Whether Machines Changed Votes

Stan Jastrzebski

The outgoing Tippecanoe County clerk says there’s no recourse for voters whose votes, cast at a West Lafayette supermarket over the weekend, may have been switched because of machine error.

Several voters – eight so far, by Christa Coffey’s count – reported clicking boxes next to the names of Democratic candidates and having those votes show up instead for Republicans running in the same race.

Some voters were able to change the votes before they were officially cast, but there’s no telling how many voters may simply not have noticed.

“If the voters did what they are directed to do – there are signs hanging in each voting booth that say look at the summary before you hit ‘cast ballot’ – If they did that, they should have been able to confirm that the correct candidates were selected,” Coffey says.

Coffey could not say whether any voters had tallies intended for GOP candidates go instead to Democrats and says two county election board members who investigated the voting machines could not replicate the issue.