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Early Voting Advice: Machines Switch Votes from Obama to McCain

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Early Voting Advice: Machines Switch Votes from Obama to McCain. Vote by Paper Ballot if possible.
Early Voting Advice:
We must work to avoid a repeat of the voting problems that occurred in 2000 and 2004.
Voting machines have been reported to switch Votes from Obama to McCain in West Virginia as reported in Short News and quoted below. You may want to Vote by Paper Ballot if possible in your state.  Be especially cautious of Republican-made Die-Bold voting machines and ask for a paper receipt to check your votes if one is available. Report any problems or discrepancies you observe.

Early voting has now begun in over thirty states including Florida, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, West Virginia, and others.  It might be a good idea to vote with a paper ballot if one is available in your Election District. If you have a choice of either Optical Scan Ballot or Touch Screen, select the Optical Scan. If you must use the touch screen, video the process of your selection of the candidates for evidence and ask if a paper receipt is available. Bring a photo ID with you to your voting place in case you are asked for one.

Ask your local Board of Elections if you have questions or problems. We must work to avoid voting fraud and voter suppression, and get the voters out in large numbers. Call or Contact your local Board of Elections or go here:  Please pass this important message on.

The Early Voting Information Center at Reed College provides up-to-date tables of summary and detailed outlines of each state's laws, as well as links.
No-excuse early voting in U.S. states.

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    See also: Absentee ballot
    See also: Postal voting

Early voting is similar to "no-excuse" absentee voting. In many U.S. states the period varies between four and fifty days prior to Election Day. Early voting in person is allowed with no excuse required in 31 U.S. states, with an excuse in 3, and not at all in 16. Absentee voting by mail is allowed in 28 states, with an excuse in 22. No-excuse permanent absentee voting is allowed in 4 states. The District of Columbia requires an excuse for both early voting and absentee voting.[1]

From Short News:
Early Voting: Machines Switch Votes from Obama to McCain
In two West Virginia counties, early voters have complained that voting machines have switched their choice from Barack Obama to John McCain, and from other Democratic candidates to other Republican candidates.

In both counties, Putnam and Jackson, the elections are overseen by registered Republicans.

The Republicans overseeing the malfunctioning machines insist the problems are isolated and blame voters for not being more careful.

"I pushed buttons and they all came up Republican," said Shelba Ketchum. "I hit Obama and it switched to McCain. I am really concerned about that. If McCain wins, there was something wrong with the machines."
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