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Secretary of State says voting machines accurate

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller
Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller
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Updated: 11/04/2012 10:30 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Answering questions raised by a handful of Nevada voters and the Republican National Committee, Secretary of State Ross Miller says voting machines meet local, state and federal levels for accuracy.

Miller held a news conference at the Clark County Elections office this afternoon and used some of the machines thought to be inaccurate to demonstrate how the voting process works.

He said nine complaints, six of them in Clark County, were received by voters who claimed they attempted to vote for Republican contender Gov. Mitt Romney but the machine first generated a vote for President Barack Obama. He said members of his office contacted the complaining voters and tracked down as many of the machines as possible and brought them to election headquarters.

"They (workers) actually got their hands on the problem machines from Lone Mountain and Boulevard Mall," Miller said of the six cases reported in Clark County. "They randomly selected machines from other places because voters couldn't remember specific machines.

"In every instance that the voter reported problems associated with electronic machines, they were ultimately able to cast their ballot for the person of their choice," Miller said.

A letter from the RNC had indicated issues with voter machine accuracy.

Darren Littel of the Republican party was at the news conference. He said the RNC did not think there was a massive conspiracy to deceive voters or make the machines vote a certain way.

"We just think that sometimes technology malfunctions so (we're) asking them to re-calibrate the machines," Littel said. "That's all the letter said and that appears to be what was done, so we're happy."

Miller noted that there are safeguards in place that ask voters to confirm at least twice if the candidate they selected is the person they wanted. He noted the machines are calibrated twice a day to ensure accuracy.

Voters who cast ballots Tuesday should watch for the double confirmation and ask poll workers for help if they need assistance.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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