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Mercer County Clerk Paul Sollami Covello. (Photo: Paula Sollami Covello).

Judge approves order to open six voting machines in Mercer

Poll workers leave memory cards inside machine

By David Wildstein, June 09 2022 1:52 pm

Mercer County election officials went to court on Thursday after discovering that memory cards were left in voting machines in six districts in Trenton and two in Hamilton after the polls closed.

County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello needs the bags containing memory cards and voting machine keys in order to tabulate the results of the June 7 primary election.  Poll workers are supposed to remove the memory cards and deliver them the county board of elections so votes can be tabulated.

This happens from time to time, but once the machines are locked after the polls close for the day, only a judge can order them to be reopened.

Superior Court Judge William Anklowitz signed the order just a few hours after the request was filed.

The missing Hamilton districts will allow for a final count in Democratic primaries for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district, although the results are not in question.

Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown)  leads primary opponent Reuven Hendler with 93% of the vote.  The Republican primary was won by businessman Bob Healey, who defeated Ian Smith by a 53%-38% margin, with 9% going to Nicholas Ferrara, an attorney and realtor from Hamilton.

The retrieval of the memory cards will also allow election officials to certify winners in Democratic county committee races in the two municipalities.

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