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People Are Reporting Their Votes Are Being Switched. Here’s How To Properly Cast Your Vote

The good news is people are out there voting early, but the bad news is that some of their votes might go to a different candidate. We are just seven days away from the midterm elections, and people in Texas and Georgia have reportedly had their votes switched as soon as they cast their vote at the polls. There appears to be a malfunction with voting machines in Texas and Georgia and state and federal officials aren’t doing anything to fix the problem.

People have been voting early in record numbers, but some have said that their votes are getting switched to the other candidate.

The issue seems to be with the Hart eSlate machines in Texas, but some are saying that it’s not an issue of the machines but rather the people not voting correctly.

“The Hart eSlate machines are not malfunctioning, the problems being reported are a result of user error — usually voters hitting a button or using the selection wheel before the screen is finished rendering,” Sam Taylor, spokesman for the office of Secretary of State Rolando Pablos, told the Associated Press.

Some Texas voting officials claim that this is a typical story they hear each election cycle from the side of the Democrats. However, according to the AP, Republicans are also saying their vote intended for Sen. Cruz is switching to Congressman Beto O’Rourke.

But there is some truth to the fact that voting switch does occur, but it’s not so much because of a rigged system but because of old machines.

“This kind of thing happens every election. We’ll see more of it; with some systems vote-flipping gets worse as machines age,” Lawrence Norden, a voting machine expert at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, told BuzzFeed.

There have been similar complaints in Georgia, but a Federal Judge said that is no reason to change from voting machines to paper ballots.

In August, voting advocates said that by not providing a paper ballot option to Georgia’s 6.8 million voters, the machines would be “vulnerable to hacking — especially by foreign governments like Russia,” the Washington Post reports.

“While [the] plaintiffs have shown the threat of real harms to their constitutional interests, the eleventh-hour timing of their motions and an instant grant of the paper ballot relief requested could just as readily jeopardize the upcoming elections, voter turnout, and the orderly administration of the election,” U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg wrote in her opinion.

Here’s what to do if you feel your vote has been compromised.

The Texas Civil Rights Projects also agrees that the switch isn’t because of a conspiracy to switch votes from Democratic candidates to Republicans but rather because they’re old machines.

Here’s a step-by-step process on how to ensure your vote is correct, according to The Texas Civil Rights Projects:

  • When voting a straight-party ballot, wait at least 3-5 seconds for all choices to be rendered on the eSlate voting machines. Counties in which voters have longer ballots may require additional time to allow the screens to load fully.
  • Once all the candidate choices for that particular party have been fully loaded, take your time to slowly review each choice in each race before advancing to the next screen.
  • When advancing to the next screen, be sure the screen is fully loaded before scrolling through to the subsequent pages.
  • Once you have reached the summary page, carefully review each choice listed to ensure the candidate selected is, in fact, the candidate for whom you wish to cast your vote.
  • If you find that one or more of your choices are displayed incorrectly on the summary page, hit the ‘PREV’ button and choose the candidate for whom you wish to cast your vote.
  • If any issues persist, ask for assistance from a poll worker at your polling location, and the poll worker will ensure that the machine is working properly and advise you on the proper steps to take to cast a ballot with only the candidates of your choosing.

If you’re still not satisfied with the outcome and are not getting help from a poll worker, call the election protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE


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New Poll Finds That Young Latino Voters Consider “Racial and Ethnic Social Equality” the Most Important Issue This Election

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New Poll Finds That Young Latino Voters Consider “Racial and Ethnic Social Equality” the Most Important Issue This Election

In a poll of  638 young Latino voters, aged 18-34, conducted by BuzzFeed News in conjunction with Telemundo, the results found that the most pressing topics on the minds of young Latino voters was “racial and ethnic social equality”–an issue that 62.7% of the demographic considers the most urgent this election. And that’s not all.

The illuminating survey revealed that 55.8% of young Latino voters had participated someway in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

They expressed their support through physically demonstrating on the streets or other forms of activism like donating or boycotting. According to their responses, it was the fervor and intensity of the Black Lives Matter movement that has fueled their fire to vote. 

Although 60% of young Latino voters have committed to voting for Biden, 19% still say they will support President Trump come November. This response is surprising to some, considering that President Trump is almost universally considered the most anti-Hispanic, anti-immigration U.S. President in recent history. 

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While the passion and social activism of young Latinos is exciting, the lack of enthusiasm for Presidential candidate Joe Biden is cause for concern.

After all, as Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, put it in a New York Times opinion piece: “There is no route to the White House without the support of Latinos.” 

The poll also revealed Latinos’ overwhelming belief that there is no unifying political figure in the Latino community. When asked to name a politician who “goes out of their way to support their community,” the leading response was “Nobody”. Participants then listed Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez as second choices, each politician gaining 6% of the participants’ votes. 

“It’s heartbreaking,” said executive director of the group Alliance for Youth Action, Sarah Audelo, to NBC News.

We can’t have so many young Latinos disconnected from the process because they don’t feel part of it.”

Ramos described the tiresome election-year scramble to secure the Latino vote through cringey attempts at speaking Spanish and dropping in on Latino community events as “Christopher Columbus syndrome”. “It’s such an open and flagrant display of opportunism,” he wrote.

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Here’s Why AOC Nominated Bernie Sanders At the DNC Instead Of Joe Biden

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Here’s Why AOC Nominated Bernie Sanders At the DNC Instead Of Joe Biden

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While speaking at last night’s Democratic National Convention, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a daring stand for the progressive side of the Democratic Party. Speaking to viewers and voters, Ocasio-Cortez managed to take on the entire progressive agenda, explain it, and second the nomination of Sen. Bernie Sanders. All in 90 seconds flat. The nomination, which was strictly symbolic, saw Ocasio-Cortez encourage the Democratic establishment to listen to the progressive wing of the party as it continues to drive policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.

Despite the fact that Ocasio-Cortez’s nomination of Sanders was only symbolic, many were confused by the procedural seconding.

Sanders’ presidential run might have ended in April and he might have recently endorsed candidate Joe Biden, but the senator was still in line for Tuesday’s formal delegates count. It is required by the DNC that every presidential candidate who draws delegates to the party convention be formally nominated by someone. Ocasio-Cortez was tapped by the Democratic National Convention to second the nomination of Sanders for president.

During her convention time, Ocasio-Cortez celebrated Sanders for his works and the progressive efforts he’s backed in the name of the Democratic party.

Ocasio-Cortez’s speech spoke of a movement for progressives and highlighted policies like universal healthcare and free education.

“A movement striving to recognize and repair the wounds of racial injustice, colonization, misogyny, and homophobia and to propose and build reimagined systems of immigration and foreign policy that turn away from the violence and xenophobia of our past,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “A movement that realizes the unsustainable brutality of an economy that rewards explosive inequalities of wealth for the few at the expense of long-term stability for the many and who organized a historic grassroots campaign to reclaim our democracy.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s speech led the rest of the convention into the roll call process which officially named Joe Biden the Democratic nominee for president.

Ocasio-Cortez confirmed on Twitter that will be voting for Biden in November. So no need to worry.

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