Hundreds or maybe thousands of those paper ballots have vanished when Dominion Voting machines in Mercer County, New Jersey, were unable to read ballots, prompting voters to cast paper ballots.
If the votes are not found, up to 835 Robbinsville citizens who voted at the Mercer County Library as well as 3,211 voters from three Princeton districts that cast ballots at the municipal building may lose their right to vote.
The New Jersey Globe only published the number of voters in each of the four impacted districts, not the amount of votes that had officially been cast, so it was unclear how many lost ballots there truly were.
The Western Journal reported Tuesday morning that Dominion Voting Systems programmers had come to Mercer County on Election Day when a problem with the machines’ optical scanners stopped the ballots from being tabulated.
Paula Sollami Covello, the county clerk for Mercer, stated at that time, “There is a slot on the top of the scanner, and voters can vote and are voting manually.”
Then, in accordance with a backup plan put in place after the Dominion machines broke down, the ballots were to have been taken to a central site, the Board of Elections, where they would be manually counted.
“This allowed our election to go forward, and we took advantage of that fail-safe measure yesterday,” Covello stated. “We were able to bring all of the ballots back to the Board of Elections, where that bipartisan commission processed the ballots’ high-capacity scanners at their central location. Every vote was counted.”
With the exception of those who weren’t.
“Robbinsville Township was contacted by Mercer County Election officials at approximately 5 p.m. today and were informed that the ballots of one of our districts had gone missing,” on Wednesday night, the mayor of Robbinsville Township, Dave Fried, posted a message to the township’s website.
“The fundamentals of Democracy is that every vote would be counted,”
“Clearly, this has yet to happen in Robbinsville, as approximately 11% of our residents’ votes have yet to be safely delivered and counted. We’re working with the County, which is in charge of our elections, but please know we will not rest until we get to the bottom of this unconscionable mishap, and we will not consider the 2022 election over in Robbinsville until every single ballot is counted and done so securely.”
According to unnamed sources cited by The Trentonian, Dominion “claimed responsibility” for the scanning mistakes that caused this problem.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“The ballots are reviewed by Dominion, they work together,” Covello said. “We pre-test, so we’re going to find out where exactly the problem lies.”
Covello reported the situation to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, asking that it “investigate as to whether this scanning problem occurred based on an error or whether something was intentionally done to create chaos and distrust in the election system,” according to the North Jersey Media Group.
At the time — before the ballots had been reported missing — she said that elections officials were “not suspicious of any specific wrongdoing.” CONTINUE READING…