- A coding error in voting machines in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, caused votes to be flipped on a ballot question regarding the retention of two state judges.
- The glitch affected over 300 machines and was noticed by voters due to discrepancies on printed records.
- The error was confined to Northampton County and did not impact any other races.
A coding error in voting machines in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, led to votes getting flipped on a ballot question regarding the retention of two state judges, The Associated Press (AP) reported Tuesday.
The error reportedly involved the retention votes for Pennsylvania Superior Court Judges Jack Panella and Victor Stabile. Votes marked “yes” to retain one judge and “no” for the other were being switched on the printouts from touchscreen voting machines, The AP reported, citing County Executive Lamont McClure.
The glitch, which affected over 300 machines, was reportedly noticed by voters because of the discrepancies on the printed records. The Pennsylvania Department of State confirmed the issue was confined to Northampton County and did not impact any other races, per The AP.
After discovering the problem, the county reportedly secured a court order to continue using the machines. McClure assured corrections would be made during vote tabulation, the outlet noted.
“Panella’s votes will be returned to Panella, and Stabile’s will be returned to Stabile,” McClure said, per the outlet. McClure described the malfunction as a “relatively minor glitch.”
The county reportedly attributed the error to the voting machine vendor, Election Systems & Software (ES&S). ES&S spokesperson Katina Granger asserted the mistake was due to human error and assured it was an isolated incident affecting only the judicial retention question in Northampton County, The AP noted.
The voting machine glitch in Pennsylvania is yet another example of the systemic issues with our election process.
These coding errors undermine the integrity of our democracy and cast doubt on the accuracy of our elections.
It is alarming that over 300 machines were affected, potentially altering the outcome of an important judicial ballot question.
The fact that this error was confined to one county is not reassuring, as it demonstrates the vulnerability of our voting systems.
We must demand accountability from voting machine vendors and ensure that such glitches are thoroughly investigated and prevented in the future.
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