“A lot of call-ins about vote flipping at the voting booths in Texas,” Donald Trump tweeted. | AP Photo
Donald Trump pointed to Texas on Thursday as an example of the presidential election allegedly being rigged against him.
“A lot of call-ins about vote flipping at the voting booths in Texas,” he tweeted Thursday morning, citing no actual sources or reports. “People are not happy. BIG lines. What is going on?”
According to Snopes, “Reports are not flooding in from across Texas about vote switching.”
“Although rumors of ‘vote switching’ in Texas are rampant, we found only one case in which a report was investigated, and it was found to be unsubstantiated,” the rumor researching website said in a report Wednesday.
The Republican presidential nominee is likely referring to an allegation from a woman who posted on Facebook this week that she voted for Republicans up and down the ballot, though the summary of her votes showed that the Hillary Clinton-Tim Kaine ticket was checked, too.
“I tried to go back and change and could not get it to work,” the woman, who voted in Texas, said. “I asked for help from one of the workers and she couldn’t get it to go back either. It took a second election person to get the machine to where I could correct the vote to a straight ticket.”
The woman urged voters to “double check your selections before you cast your vote!”
According to election officials, however, the problem was likely a “voter error,” not a sign of election rigging.
Tim O’Hare, chairman of the Tarrant County Republican Party, told a local CBS affiliate that voters are inadvertently changing their votes by incorrectly turning the machine’s wheel to change the page.
“We don’t think there’s fraud inside the machine or software glitches,” he said.
Deborah Peoples, who chairs the county’s Democratic Party, said some Democratic voters were experiencing similar issues seeing their votes changed to Trump.
In incidents where officials have spoken with the voters, Tarrant County elections administrator Frank Phillips said “they tell us that they discovered the changed vote on the summary screen display.”
“This shows that the machine is working exactly as it should,” he added. “The voter gets to review a summary of vote changes made and make any changes as needed before actually casting the vote.”
In a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Thursday, Trump leads Clinton by 3 percentage points among likely voters, 45 percent to 42 percent, which falls within the survey’s margin of error.