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Rumored 'voting glitch' that changes your selection examined, explained

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It's been shared on Facebook and WMC Action News 5 received several emails about an alleged "voting glitch" at the polls. Reports say the voting machines select the OPPOSITE candidate when a voter tries to submit their vote.

WMC Action News 5 asked Shelby County Election Commission whether they had any information about this rumored glitch. According to the commission, not one person has reported experiencing the issue in Shelby County. 

The commission said the voting machines are pressure sensitive, which means someone could accidentally select a different candidate than they intend if they have large fingers, long nails, or press too hard by accident. 

However, the machines force voters to confirm their vote twice before submitting their ballot. So, if you select the wrong candidate, there are multiple chances to confirm your vote or change it.

The commission also suggested anyone worried about the touch screen should use the pen attached to the machine to cast their ballot. 

Moreover, if you do see a voting discrepancy or a problem with any voting machine, please alert a poll worker so it can be taken care of immediately.

Snopes, the popular debunking website, also has an article about the issue. In it, it confirms the claims are unproven

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