Voting machines in Mercer County, New Jersey, are experiencing technical issues that make it impossible for them to accurately tally votes.
The New Jersey Globe reports that when voters attempt to cast their ballots in New Jersey’s midterm elections, voting machines dispersed throughout the county are experiencing a “programming glitch.”
A crucial state in the midterms is New Jersey.
Numerous of the state’s congressional elections have become more competitive in the days leading up to Tuesday, according to a New York Times analysis.
In contrast to the four seats Democrats were able to pick up in the 2018 elections, New Jersey Republicans are hopeful the anticipated “red wave” of 2022 will turn the tide in their favor.
The Globe argues that the outcome won’t be impacted by the election system issues.
The site stated that “…[N]o voters are being turned away, and machine votes are still being cast,”
The faults specifically relate to the “optical scanners” of the equipment.
These tools scan every single ballot, guaranteeing that they are all counted.
Voting is still proceeding without interruption, but programmers from Dominion Voting Systems have arrived to address the issue, a source told the Globe.
Votes, according to Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello, are still being counted, although manually.
“There is a slot on the top of the scanner, and voters can vote and are voting manually,” according to Covello.
“We are asking poll workers to use the official ballots because they can still vote them manually and place them in the slot in the scanning machines, and we will count them manually.”
However, if poll workers must cast their ballots by hand, it may cause a delay in the announcement of the election results in New Jersey.
Covello further stated that while they are not currently being utilized, provisional ballots, also known as emergency paper ballots, are still available in case they are required.
The majority of the votes in New Jersey would be anticipated on election night, according to a previous prediction by FiveThirtyEight.
It is uncertain whether such will be the case if poll workers are required to manually count ballots.
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