Mesa County Removes Faulty Voting Machine

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Mesa County voters are being urged to double-check their early voting ballots after a machine was removed for possibly skewing a voter’s choices.

The Daily Sentinel reports that Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner removed a voting machine from service after a voter complained his vote was being recorded opposite of what he intended.

Voter Tom Doran told the newspaper his votes were being cast wrong, and when he tried to correct his choice on the machine “it had four votes for the other guy and two for mine.”

Reiner said that a site supervisor confirmed the machine wasn’t lighting up Doran’s choice. A technician looked later at the machine and said it appeared to be operating, but the machine was removed anyway.

Early in-person voting in Colorado began Monday.

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