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Machine turns vote for Obama into one for Romney

11/06/12 07:52PM

A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine was taken out of service after being captured on video changing a vote for President Obama into one for Mitt Romney, NBC News has confirmed. Republicans have also said machines have turned Romney votes into Obama ones. The video was first posted on Youtube by user "centralpavoter." It shows a voter's finger repeatedly pressing the button for Obama, but a check mark coming up next to Romney's name: NBC News confirmed that the machine has been taken off line. Underneath the video, the user gave an account of what happened:
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Early voters at a polling place in Salisbury, Md. on Wednesday. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

Report: Ohio poll workers 'frequently' using provisional ballots

11/06/12 05:36PM

Voting rights advocates in Ohio say they're seeing a high number of provisional ballots being used—something that could boost the chances of a drawn out fight over the count in the election's most pivotal state. "We're hearing this from multiple precincts, multiple suburbs," Chris Link of the ACLU of Ohio told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "It's not just one." Link added that provisional ballot use seemed to be especially high in the Democratic stronghold of Cuyahoga County. read more

Credit: Cook County Clerk's Office

Casting a vote -- between contractions

11/06/12 04:30PM

Galicia Malone was not going to let anything stop her from voting in her first presidential election. Not even the birth of her child. The 21-year-old Chicago-area woman voted early this morning just a few hours after going into labor, reported The Huffington Post. Malone cast her ballot at 8:30 a.m. as her contractions were only five minutes apart, according to a local county clerk for her polling place. Malone told CBS Chicago that the chance to be a part of this year’s presidential election made “a major difference in my life.” read more

Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster

Springsteen on the line! Obama has a treat for BFF Christie

11/05/12 07:36PM

President Obama and Governor Chris Christie have become bipartisan BFFs  since Christie praised Obama's handling of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New Jersey. President Obama gave his new buddy a nice thank-you gift today:  he got Bruce Springsteen to give superfan Christie a call. According to the Atlantic, Christie has been to more than a 100 Springsteen shows, knows every word to every Springsteen song, and dreams of playing drums in the E Street Band. But the problem for Christie is that Bruce hasn't returned the love. read more

People wait in line for early voting in the parking lot of the Northland Park Center on November 4 in Columbus, Ohio. No Republican has won the US presidency without winning Ohio's electoral votes. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images/AFP)

Voting in pivotal Ohio is already a mess

11/05/12 12:30PM

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is assuring the country that voting is proceeding smoothly in the election’s single most pivotal state. In fact, the process has been marred by excessive lines at the polls amid a GOP-driven reduction in early voting hours, and by last-minute legal wrangling. And things could be about to get even worse. read more

Photo: AP/Alan Diaz

Another voting debacle in Florida: 'Let us vote!'

11/05/12 07:47AM

Chaos and confusion swept through an early voting line in Doral, Fla., Sunday morning as the Miami-Dade elections department attempted to shut down the polling location. Officials reportedly locked voters out at 2 p.m., one hour after the early voting polls opened, causing the hundreds still in line outside to begin chanting, "Let us vote!" The Miami Herald reports:
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Mugshot of 23-year old Colin Small, the Pennsylvania resident arrested Thursday for destroying voter registration forms in Rockingham County, VA. (Photo: Rockingham County Sheriff's Office)

Va. voter fraud investigation expands to GOP operation

11/03/12 12:27PM

The investigation into voter registration fraud in Virginia has expanded beyond Colin Small, the former employee of a GOP-hired firm called Strategic Allied Consulting, according to The Washington Post. Sources have told the Post that the investigation is now looking at whether Small's supervisors instructed him or his colleagues to inquire about the political leanings of potential voters during registration drives, which is illegal in the state. read more

Photo: White House/Pete Souza

Sen. Scott Brown's picture perfect moment

11/03/12 10:00AM

Republican Sen. Scott Brown's in a tight race to hold onto his senate seat in Massachusetts, and he's doing just about anything to try to prove his partisan independence to voters. One of Brown's latest ads features a cameo by President Obama. In his 2010 race, Brown campaigned as the 41st vote against Obamacare, but now he wants everyone in Massachusetts to think he and the president are on the same team! It's interesting that Brown didn't want to use this picture in a campaign ad. Not only are Brown and Mitt Romney both Massachusetts politicians, they also share a number of key advisers. read more

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Crist to Scott: 'Florida deserves better,' extend early voting

11/02/12 08:51PM

There’s only one day left for early voting in the battleground state of Florida, and the Miami Herald is calling it a “nightmare.” With long lines, packed parking lots, and up to a four-hour wait in some places, Republican Governor Rick Scott is refusing to extend early voting. Florida’s previous governor, Republican-turned-Independent Charlie Crist is speaking out against Scott for suppressing voters. After seeing the torturous lines in the 2008 election, then-Governor Crist, as a Republican, alleviated the problem by extending early voting. read more

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Pro-Newt super PAC launches voter fraud app

11/02/12 03:28PM

Want to be a poll watcher? Now there's an app for that, thanks to the Winning Our Future super PAC. The group made a name for itself early in the Republican election cycle when casino billionaire mogul Sheldon Adelson donated $15 million to support Newt Gingrich's campaign for president. When Newt's candidacy went bust, Winning Our Future went quiet - but with less than a week until Election Day, the group has reemerged by releasing its own voter fraud app for smartphones. read more

Photo: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Romney's last minute nightmare: Christie embraces Obama, Bush talks investments in Caymans

11/01/12 03:19PM

With a mere five days until Election Day, two of Mitt Romney's most high-profile supporters aren't exactly helping his cause. First, there's Chris Christie. The Republican governor of New Jersey and Romney surrogate has been making headlines all week after praising President Obama's handling and response to Hurricane Sandy. On Wednesday he spoke glowingly about their "great working relationship to make sure that we're doing the jobs that people elected us to do." He added, "I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and passion." read more

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