Trump Claims There’s ‘Vote Flipping’ Going On In Texas

October 27, 2016 12:15 p.m.
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In a tweet on Thursday, Donald Trump claimed to have received “a lot of call-ins about vote flipping” in Texas, even though Lone Star state officials say their voting machines are working correctly.

“A lot of call-ins about vote flipping at the voting booths in Texas,” Trump wrote Thursday morning. “People are not happy. BIG lines. What is going on?”

According to a report from Politico, Trump may have been referring to a Facebook post from supporter Lisa Houlette, who wrote that she voted a straight Republican ticket only to see her summary ballot show a vote cast for Democrats Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. After speaking with Texas election officials, Houlette’s ballot was corrected.

Houlette’s claim has spread across right-wing news websites, as has a Facebook post from another Texas resident, Shandy Clark.

“I had a family member that voted this morning and she voted straight Republican. She checked before she submitted and the vote had changed to Clinton!” Clark wrote in a post that’s been shared 206,000 times since Monday.“She reported it and made sure her vote was changed back. They commented that It had been happening.”

Tarrant County, Texas elections administrator Frank Phillips told local TV station KTVT that both accounts prove that the system is working correctly.

“This shows that the machine is working exactly as it should,” he said. “The voter gets to review a summary of vote changes made and make any changes as needed before actually casting the vote.”

On his own Facebook page, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged voters to “[m]ake sure all of your selections are correct before hitting the button to cast a ballot.”

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