After machines in a Pennsylvania county failed to display Republican ballots, Dominion Voting Systems, a corporation dogged by dubious election fraud charges in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, blamed “human error.”
According to the Times Leader, Nicole Nollette, Dominion’s executive vice president of operations, explained during a two-hour special meeting of the Luzerne County volunteer election board on Monday, May 24.
However the Director of Elections Bob Morgan stated last week that the incident occurred due to a “coding error” within Dominion during the local primary elections on May 18.
The error goes as follows. All Luzerne County voters saw a confusing ballot only labeled for the Democratic primary on the first screen regardless of party affiliation. Even though they seemed to be Democratic on the screen, votes would print out as Republican. According to the electoral administration, GOP voters had the option of filing a provisional or emergency ballot, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Nobody did that intentionally,” Morgan responded to the incident. “The moment we found out what the impact was we immediately sought to give advice to the public, and it is our desire to never have that happen again.”
Morgan told PA Homepage on May 18 that there was “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.”
Dominion’s Nollette said that, “Dominion deeply regrets the confusion this error caused.”
“The ballot header typo had minimal impacts on the actual administration on the election and no impact to the results and the tally,” she affirmed.
Dominion subsequently also released a statement claiming that a “ballot screen error” had occurred.
“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 wrote. “As the county has reassured the voting public, all ballots will be correctly counted. We regret any confusion this has caused.”
Despite the error, the Board of Elections in Luzerne County, situated in northeast Pennsylvania, said every vote was counted accurately, according to broadcaster Fox 56. Republicans, however, have expressed reservations about the election’s integrity.
Dominion has previously denied assertions that it is involved in 2020 election fraud and has filed various defamation lawsuits against those who have made those assertions.
Some county leaders have called for a forensic audit to be conducted by a third party.
“These machines—their credibility is lost,” said Election Board member Missy Thomas on Monday. “The system is compromised.”
Denise Williams, the chairwoman of the Election Board, said the error was created through several causes and that the concerns would be “looked into.” The board will meet again in June.
Earlier this week, Luzerne officials ran into another issue when the WBRE 28/WYOU 22 Eyewitness News I-Team discovered unattended voting machines in a public hallway within the Terrace Plaza mall. Voters rapidly raised questions about machine errors, expressing their concern.
“I don’t think they should be in the middle of the mall area. I told them where the room is over there to keep them secure. But we watch them,” mall manager Laura Gruene told PA Homepage.
Morgan believed the voting machines should not have been placed in such a public spot, but he also acknowledged that recovering 900 machines across the county can take several days.
“Anything that could be tampered with such as memory cards were removed. There are no ballots inside. These basically are empty shells. We will contact our mover to get them picked up,” he said.