AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some Texas voters are complaining that while casting straight-ticket ballots during early voting, machines used in 80-plus counties flipped their selections to the other party for key races.
Many of the complaints have centered on the battle between Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke.
Secretary of State election director Keith Ingram says the problem is occurring on Hart eSlate voting machines that have a wheel for selecting candidates and an "enter" button. He said issues arise when voters hit "enter" before their choice is fully rendered.
Secretary of State spokesman Sam Taylor said Friday that the machines "are not malfunctioning" and blamed user error.
Hart eSlate machines are used in around 30 percent of Texas counties, including Harris, the state's largest.