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Candidate finds it difficult to cast vote for himself

Posted on Jul. 30th, 2010
GardnerEDGE Staff
John Toplikar, an Olathe candidate for the Johnson County Commission Chair, found voting for himself was more difficult than the thought.

When he went to advance vote at the Johnson County Election Office, the automated voting machine kept registering his vote wrong, he said in a press conference this week.

When Toplikar pressed the screen for his name, it would register a vote for incumbent Annabeth Surbaugh. He deleted the vote and tried again, but with the same results.

Toplikar told election office workers about the alleged glitch and they watched him vote several times — with the problem occurring one out of ever four or five times he voted.

Election Commissioner Brian Newby was told about the problem and he watched Toplikar vote on the machine — Toplikar said he voted at least 30 times.

Newby said part of the problem was user error. Toplikar says that’s not the case and hopes the problem isn’t inherent in the system. He wants to make the public aware of the problem and hopes the Election Office makes sure the system is working properly.

When a voter cast a ballot on the automated machine, a screen appears, showing the voter the entire ballot with all the votes he or she cast. The voter should check closely for any discrepancies and recast a vote if necessary. Election workers are at the polls Aug. 2 to assist voters with any technical difficulties they might have.