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Voter ID, Flipping Questions Follow Election

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Election officers say that overall they are pleased with the voting process Tuesday, especially given the big crowds that created lines at more popular polls.

But it wasn't perfect. Long waits were made worse by confusion over Voter ID laws, especially for first time voters who are required to show ID regardless of the law.

Initially the state said that all voters must show ID to vote this fall but that was later put on hold when the case went to court.

"At times that did increase the time in line and there was some confusion whether it was proper, improper," Clerk of Elections Doug Smith told us.

The Internet was alive Tuesday with reports of election touch screens that would "flip" a vote from one candidate to another, a claim also made here for several machines in Harborcreek.

But those looking for a major conspiracy will be disappointed, especially since none of the voting machines in Erie County are connected to a central network.

Smith says he'll investigate but believes the issue is a touch screen not in alignment so a touch near the edge of a candidate's name might register to the next candidate on the ballot.

"If you're close to the edge it can have the effect of when you choose Candidate A the machine thinks you're choosing Candidate B because the touch area is off.

Smith says that's why you can review your votes before pressing the final vote button to ensure the machine has correctly registered your intent.

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