Electronic Voting Machine Leaves Texas Pro-Life Candidate Greg Abbott Off the Ballot

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 4, 2014   |   6:01PM   |   Austin, TX

A reporter in Texas has posted a picture of a voter at an electronic ballot machine in Bexar County, Texas who was unable to vote for pro-life candidate Greg Abbott for governor because he was left off the list of candidates. Abbott is running against abortion champion Wendy Davis, who appears on the ballot along with minor party candidates and pro-life former gubernatorial candidate David Dewhurst, who lost the primary election to Abbott.

Abbott’s name isn’t on at least one touch-screen ballot machine. Instead, an Instagram photo of a Bexar County machine shows, the Republican slot is taken by Dewhurst. WOAI reporter Jocelyn Tovar posted the Instagram photo after she interviewed the woman who snapped it.


But whether the image is a photoshop or a legitimate picture of an error with the machine’s software is now the question.

“I think it’s a photoshopped deal but we are checking,” Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen told the San Antonio Express-News.

If Dewhurst’s name really appeared, Texas election law prohibits officials from assigning his votes to Abbot.

The Blaze has more details:

An elections administrator in Bexar County, Texas, says her office is investigating a voting machine that appeared to leave off Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s name.

“We’ve had complaints that we don’t understand,” Jacque Callanen told TheBlaze. “I’m sending someone out to bring that booth into us.”

An image of the voting booth was posted on social media by Jocelyn Tovar, a reporter for WOAI/KABB, according to her Twitter account.

The image received extensive coverage on social media, with websites like TwitchyThe Right Scoop and Red State quickly picking it up.