With numerous probably shut races anticipated, it was already doubtless going to be an extended night time for elections employees in New Jersey. However an unexplained glitch in a single county might make that night time even longer.
Tons of of scanners have been unable to learn ballots in Mercer County, inflicting complications for election officers. It might be days earlier than tens of hundreds of votes are tabulated, however employees stated each vote will depend — finally.
A purpose for the tabulating error at greater than 100 voting places within the county Tuesday has not been offered, although it compelled county election directors to improvise. As an alternative of getting voters scan their very own ballots at polling locations, officers had them drop their paper in bins. These votes can be transported to and scanned at a central location: the county’s board of elections.
“So everybody is going to vote, just like they always do…they only difference is instead of scanning it into the voting machine, you’re going to place it in there and we’re going to scan it back at the board of elections tonight,” stated Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Colello.
The high-capacity scanners that can depend ballots after the Mercer County polls shut are the identical scanners that depend mail-in ballots, election employees stated. The realm the place they’re counted is monitored by surveillance video, and through the scanning, the general public is allowed to observe from behind a glass window.
Some voters expressed frustration that advance testing didn’t catch the glitch earlier than Election Day. Dominion Voting Techniques, the corporate behind the scanners, stated the issue is the county’s poll, not their tools.
For her half, the Mercer County Clerk stated she’s been utilizing the identical poll printer for a minimum of 16 years, and these similar Dominion machines labored within the final three elections.
“The ballots are reviewed by Dominion, they work together. We pre-test, so we’re going to find out where exactly the problem lies,” stated Sollami Colello.
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Dominion Voting Techniques isn’t any stranger to election controversy. The corporate just lately filed defamation lawsuits in opposition to conservative media firms, accusing them of falsely blaming Dominion for former President Trump’s 2020 election defeat.
The corporate has denied all claims of vote tampering or ties to international governments, and the U.S. authorities has discovered no proof vulnerabilities in Dominion machines have been exploited.