A Pennsylvania county this week voted in favor of asking a top prosecutor to further investigate a primary election after some voting machines failed to display Republican ballots.
The vote: The 11-member council in Luzerne County voted to ask the district attorney’s office to probe the controversy surrounding the May 18 election, the Times Leader reported. One of the members of the council, Linda McClosky Houck, was absent when the vote took place.
The resolution: Councilman Walter Griffith, who introduced the resolution, argued that the issue led many Republican voters to question the legitimacy and integrity of the election process.
Specifically, the resolution reportedly asks the district attorney Sam Sanguedolce to launch a probe into Dominion’s practices and procedures and investigate the election board’s overseeing actions as well as how they ensure the security of election equipment.
The county DA said his office would probe allegations of potential criminal conduct related to the primary election. Sanguedolce pointed to an Election Fraud Task Force that he said would look into any complaints sent to his office.
“Without integrity in our elections, the public cannot trust the remainder of our democratic process,” Sanguedolce said.
How we got here: Voters in Luzerne County, regardless of their party affiliation, reported that their ballots were labeled for the Democratic primary as the header of the screen read: “Official Democratic Ballot.”
This alarmed some GOP 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.
Election officials blamed a “coding error.” They explained that ballots that appeared Democratic on the screen showed they were Republican when printed. Still, they granted voters the ability to file a provisional or emergency ballot.
Dominion Voting Systems initially said 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 later blamed “human error” during a two-hour meeting held by the Luzerne County volunteer election board earlier this week.
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