Maryann Tobin

An electronic voting machine in Harrisburg, Pa., has been changing votes from President Obama to Mitt Romney. The vote-tampering was confirmed by NBC news on Tuesday afternoon. The voter who noticed the issue videotaped it with his phone.

There is no way to know how many votes had been changed electronically, but at least one of the rigged voting machines has been taken off line.

The voter that caught the issue said, “I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney. Being a software developer, I immediately went into troubleshoot mode. I first thought the calibration was off and tried selecting Jill Stein to actually highlight Obama. Nope. Jill Stein was selected just fine. Next I deselected her and started at the top of Romney’s name and started tapping very closely together to find the ‘active areas.' From the top of Romney’s button down to the bottom of the black checkbox beside Obama’s name was all active for Romney. From the bottom of that same checkbox to the bottom of the Obama button (basically a small white sliver) is what let me choose Obama. Stein’s button was fine. All other buttons worked fine,” according to MSNBC.

In 2011, after Mitt Romney had decided to run for president in 2012, the Romney family bought controlling interest in a voting machine company called Hart Intercivic, through a Bain Capital investment in HIG Capital.

An earlier report on Allvoices said, "Late last month, Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis at broke the story of the Mitt Romney/Bain Capital investment team involved in H.I.G. Capital which, in July of 2011, completed a 'strategic investment' to take over a fair share of the Austin-based e-voting machine company Hart Intercivic," according to independent journalist Brad Friedman.

Although the rigged voting machine taken off line on Election Day 2012 in Pennsylvania is not in one of the states listed in the Romney-owned voting machines, Ohio is, and a lawsuit was filed there over software issues. On Tuesday, a judge rejected the case, but the ruling does not give voters confidence that there is no vote tampering going on in Ohio.

The electoral votes in both Ohio and Pennsylvania are critical for Romney if he is to reach the needed 270 to take the White House. Most polls have shown Romney trailing Obama in those states since the beginning of the election season. So a Romney win in either Pennsylvania or Ohio could make electronic vote-tampering the subject of a legal battle in the days follwing the 2012 presidential election.

Watch the video of the rigged voting machine changing votes from Obama to Romney.

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