By Ulysses Arn -
Dozens of voters have reported that voting machines have been switching votes, all in favor of Democrats.
Republican congressional candidate Bobby Schilling late last week called on Rock Island County clerk Karen Kinney to recalibrate all voting machines in the county before Tuesdays election.
Schilling was joined by the Rock Island Republican party which filed a lawsuit seeking to force Kinney to recalibrate all voting machines before election day.
Thursday, a Rock Island county judge said no to forcing that recalibration.
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Today, the case was about touch-screen voting machines and some reported issues on them at the Moline Public Library. Two voters testified today, saying they tried to select a republican candidate, but their vote was switched to a democratic candidate. Both witnesses stated their ballots were corrected before being cast.
Bloom asked the court to require Kinney's office to recalibrate every voting machine before tomorrow's election. The judge decided that would not be necessary.
Just last week, Kinney showed us how the calibration process works and said a machine that had a reported issue was recalibrated. As it turns out, the machines used in early voting are not used on election day.
Bloom said even though he lost the lawsuit, he feels they communicated something important to the people of Rock Island County and tomorrow will be the test to see if the machines work properly. He said he agrees with the judge's decision, given the lateness of the hour it would be hard to recalibrate all the machines in a short period of time.
"With so many very close races, we felt like we had to raise the issues that we raised because if people in either party started doubting the process and the accuracy of it, then that may actually convince people that their vote doesn't matter and that would be a disaster, every vote matters," said Bloom.
"The system does work and that Karen got up and testified and in both cases, that she is following all proper procedures and is doing an outstanding job and I think that this, basically with the court verifies that," said Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee, who represented Kinney.