Ironic that the republican candidates last name is “Schilling”
“When I went to cast my vote and touch the screen for my Republican candidate, the Democrat candidate was the one that would pop up with my x, even though I pressed the Republican candidate,” voter Christina Kirik said. “The Democrat candidate is the one it looked like I was voting for.”
“Everything was fine until I came to one candidate that I wanted to vote for and I voted for him and the “x” went in the box and then two seconds later his name and his box went away and it was just blank and it showed up in his opponents box,” voter Joyce Glassner said.
Republican candidate Bobby Schilling says some of the votes that are changing are going from him to his opponent Cheri Bustos.
“Two nights ago, I took a call from a supporter of mine who said that his mother-in-law had gone to the library to vote and that every time that she went to push my name that it automatically bounced up to my opponents name,” Schilling said. “I thought, well, maybe she mixed up, she’s an older gal, but come to find out in the last two days i’ve taken 17 calls of people saying the exact same thing.”
“It’s wide spread throughout Rock Island County. It’s even happening here at the courthouse and the big thing that we are looking for you now is we want to make sure that our votes count. Our votes matter.”
The Rock Island County Clerk who is responsible for elections in the county has not returned a voice mail we left her about the machines.
We have also reached out to Schilling’s opponent, Cheri Bustos. She was not available for a statement. A spokesman for her campaign said these are quote “baseless claims and allegations.”
Just yesterday, Republican State Representative candidate Jim Moynihan tweeted that when he tried to vote for himself in Cook County, the machine changed his vote to his Democratic opponent.
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