Dominion Voting Systems acknowledged in a statement that there was a “ballot screen error” with Republican ballots in one Pennsylvania county.
How we got here: Voters in Luzerne County who took to the polls to vote in some local elections reported that their ballots indicated they were for a Democratic primary, even if their indicated party affiliation was Republican. GOP voters claimed that the header on the screen at certain voting locations said “Official Democratic Ballot.”
This raised concerns among Republican voters, including the chair of the Luzerne County Republican Party Justin Behrens.
“I went in to vote myself, and it happened to me also, so we have a great concern as a Republican Party to instill that the integrity of the election process,” Behrens said.
Elections officials blamed it on a “coding error” from Dominion Voting Systems, the company that was accused of contributing to alleged election fraud during the 2020 election in November.
“We gave a final product to Dominion,” Director of Election Bob Morgan told PA Homepage. “There is no evidence of any of this problem on the mail-in ballots, which were produced from that file. We’re still working with Dominion to get an explanation as to how this coding error occurred. They were as surprised about it as we were.”
He explained that the ballots that appeared to be Democratic on the screen showed Republican when printed. Morgan said they also allowed Republican voters who were worried about the issue or left the polling places without voting to file a provisional or emergency ballot.
“We want to assure everybody that what happens is when you are a registered Republican, we have a specific code for that ballot. And once we punch that code in, even though the header says something like, ‘Democratic ballot.’ it’s actually for the races that are in the Republican party,” the county director of election explained.
What Dominion said: Dominion Voting Systems told the outlet that “Luzerne County’s election director has confirmed that there is a ballot screen error that is confined to the header on the viewing screen of the machine, and that all ballots are printing correctly with the Republican header and the Republican primary election races.”
The company reiterated Morgan’s claimed that “all ballots will be correctly counted.”
“We regret any confusion this has caused.”
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