https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/printing-error-will-delay-results-in-large-pennsylvania-county/

Posted by Kane on May 18, 2022 12:33 pm

NEWS JUNKIES — CHECK OUT OUR HOMEPAGE

(AP) – Printing mistakes will force local election officials in Pennsylvania to redo thousands of mailed ballots, a laborious process that could delay results for some closely contested races in Tuesday’s primaries.

In Pennsylvania officials in Republican Lancaster County said the company that printed its mailed ballots included the wrong ID code, preventing scanning machines from being able to read them. The problem involved at least 21,000 mailed ballots, only a third of which were scanning properly.

The glitch will force election workers to hand-mark fresh ballots, a process expected to take several days.

“Citizens deserve to have accurate results from elections and they deserve to have them on election night, not days later,” Josh Parsons, a Republican and vice chair of the county board of commissioners, said at a news conference. “But because of this, we’re not going to have final election results from these mail ballots for probably several days, so that is very, very frustrating to us.”

County officials said the contractor, Claysburg, Pennsylvania-based NPC, sent the county test ballots with the correct ID code but used the wrong code on the ones sent to voters. NPC did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment, but D’Agostino said the company had taken “full responsibility.”

Pennsylvania State spokesperson Ellen Lyon said no other counties had reported similar issues.

County election workers now must recreate voters’ choices on blank ballots. Lancaster County, which went for Trump by about 16 percentage points over Biden in the 2020 presidential contest, had to use a similar process during primaries last year because of a printing error by a different vendor that was later fired.

Christa Miller, chief clerk of voter registration, said an elections worker will read out each voter’s choices, a second worker will record them on a blank ballot, and an observer will make sure the choices are marked correctly. “Our main priority is accuracy and not how fast we can do something,” she said.

You Might Like
Learn more about RevenueStripe...