Superior Court Judge Benjamin Telsey signed an order today permitting the Cumberland County Board of Elections to open voting machines to retrieve emergency ballots that had been cast but might not have been recorded.
Deputy Attorney General Levi Klinger-Christiansen said the election board sought the order “under an abundance of caution.”
One Democrat and one Republican will be present at the unsealing of the machines and will together deliver the ballots to the Board of Elections.
State law requires voting machines to be impounded for fifteen days and that had been extended to seventeen.
The emergency ballots won’t change the results of the race for county commissioner, where Victoria Groetsch-Lods defeated longtime Democratic incumbent Darlene Barber to give Republicans control of county government.