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Better East Texas: Vote carefully

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It is time to vote.  There is one thing that the majority of Americans can agree on and that is – it is time to vote and time for these brutal presidential campaigns to come to an end.  But this is where the rubber meets the road – in the voting booth. 

The minute early voting opened in Texas you started seeing numerous social media posts about people who supposedly had problems at the voting booth – in most cases they declared they voted straight ticket Republican and when they double checked their vote – Hillary Clinton’s name was checked rather than Donald Trump’s. 

Now, it is certainly possible voting machines malfunctioned and somehow switched voter’s decisions at the ballot – fueling the conspiracy and rigged election statements advanced by Donald Trump.  It is possible.  And social media loves this kind of content. 

I did see one article on this about an issue in Texas with a machine and election officials are obligated to investigate.  In this case, they removed the machine and tried unsuccessfully to duplicate the occurrence.  So, it is also possible it was operator error that caused this anomaly.  In any case – it is time to vote. 

If you feel your vote is not accurate or was somehow misprocessed by the voting machine, then you need to bring it to the attention of the election official – they should have a process for handling your issue. 

So, get out and vote – pay attention to what you are doing and keep the American process the special action it is and that will make for a Better East Texas.

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