First reports that some voting machines were switching ballot selections from Beto O’Rourke to Sen. Ted Cruz during early voting in Texas raised concerns that the systems had been compromised, but election officials have assured Texans the ballot changes were a result of voters casting a straight-party ticket moving from one screen to the next before the system finishing rendering their choices.

The Hart Intercivic eSlate voting machines used in 82 Texas counties are not malfunctioning, or arbitrarily switching the choices of straight-ballot voters – those who vote a party ticket straight down the ballot, according to a statement from Secretary of State Rolando Pablos, who said fewer than 20 complaints had been lodged by voters.

“The Secretary of State's office has worked diligently to foster an environment of trust and confidence which can unfortunately be eroded by misinformation, false narratives, and bad-faith accusations,” said Pablos. "Texans know better. Each eligible Texas voter heading to the polls during this final week of Early Voting and on Election Day can rest assured that their vote will be cast and counted exactly as they intended.”

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