CHICAGO - The problems Republican candidate Jim Moynihan experienced Monday when he tried to vote for himself at the Schaumburg Library weren't the first problems with the screen voting machine he used.
Moynihan's spokesman told Illinois Review that the candidate was finally able to vote for himself for State House when he touched the upper right hand corner of the box on the screen. Touching anywhere else on the box, his vote would register for Moynihan's Democrat opponent Michelle Mussman. The same happened with several other Republican candidates for which Moynihan voted.
An election judge witnessed the problems Moynihan was having with machine #008958. After Moynihan called the Illinois Republican Party and they called the election board, Cook County Clerk David Orr reported the machine was taken aside and "recalibrated."
The problematic voting machine is the EDGE Plus 2 - Dominion Sequoia Voting System which is in use in Chicago and suburban Cook County Illinois. Earlier this year, Defend the Vote's Sharon Meroni filed a complaint under the Help America Vote Act against the machines, saying they are "deficient."