Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may have the ability to swindle Ohio voters simply through the voting machine.
New reports claim that Romney owns stock in Hart Intercivic, the company responsible for calculating the voting results in Hamilton County.
This is not the first time voting machines have been called into question during a presidential election. One of the central issues during the controversial 2004 presidential race between George W. Bush and John Kerry involved strange calculations provided by the Diebold voting machines favoring Bush. At the time, the company publicly supported him.
The new report said that investments in these types of companies appear to be a common occurrence.
“Many of these private equity–owned companies rely on federal and state contracts, from HIG Capital’s Hart Intercivic, a voting machine company, to EnviroFoam Technologies, a biological and chemical decontamination firm that does business with the US military and is owned by Peterson Partners, a private equity firm listed in the Solamere prospectus,” said Lee Fang who has analyzed Romney’s investments.
Fang believes that Solamere’s ties to Hart Intercivic and the use of the machines in Cincinnati can influence votes in Romney’s favor.
President Barack Obama’s campaign has received notice about the conflict of interest and a petition has been placed on Change.org entitled, "Attorney General Eric Holder: Investigate Tagg Romney owning voting machines in Ohio."