Greg Abbott may not on the ballot on at least one precinct’s balloting machines in Bexar County, Breitbart Texas has learned. Lt. Governor Candidate David Dewhurst appears to have been listed on the ballot in place of Abbott at one polling location.
A Bexar County resident posted a supposed image of the ballot, with Abbott’s name absent, on Instagram.
The Bexar County Election Administrator’s Office has confirmed the complaint. “We’re aware of the situation and trying to resolve it,” a spokeswoman at the office told Breitbart Texas.
But a source with the Republican Party of Texas, who spoke to Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity, said that the Texas Secretary of State has not been able to confirm the authenticity of this supposed incident.
The San Antonio Express-News additionally reported that one Bexar County election official believes the photo was photoshopped. “I think it’s a photoshopped deal but we are checking,” said Jacque Callanen, Bexar County Elections Administrator, told the Express-News.
Logan Churchwell of True the Vote — a nonprofit vote-monitoring organization — told Breitbart Texas that the absence of Abbott’s name is not a machine calibration issue. “What has happened is that someone in Bexar County who programmed the voting in at least one precinct input David Dewhurst in the field for ‘Governor’ instead of inputting Greg Abbott,” Churchwell said. “The issue is not related to the machine itself — somebody made a data entry error.”
According to Churchwell, the voter was at the First Chinese Baptist Church of San Antonio.
At this point, it is unclear if the error was intentional or an honest mistake.
The issue is currently being looked into. The Bexar County spokeswoman told Breitbart Texas, “Everyone has to be on the ticket, we’re a democratic society.”
*Disclaimer: Logan Churchwell used to be employed by Breitbart News.
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