A little more than six hours after polling places in Mercer County opened, election officials are still working to resolve a technical glitch with the optical scanning device that could require a hand count of all ballots cast today.
But voters are not being disenfranchised and are still able to cast machine votes in today’s election.
Democrat and Republicans have sought to assure Mercer County voters that their votes will be counted.
“On behalf of our NJGOP legal counsel and election integrity team, I want to make crystal clear to the voters of Mercer County that in spite of reported problems with scanners on voting machines in Mercer County, this issue does not affect their voting experience at all, said Tom Szymanski, the executive director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee. “Voters will still enter their polling place, cast their vote, and insert the paper ballot into the machine as they normally would.
County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello explained this morning that programmers from Dominion, the county’s voting machine supplier, are now on site seeing to fix the glitch.
“There is a slot on the top of the scanner and voters can vote and are voting manually,” said Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami 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.”
The effect on voters will be minimal, but for election watchers, it’s possible that key elections, like the race for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district between Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) and Republican Bob Healey, and non-partisan elections for Trenton mayor and city council, might see massive delays in reporting results.
“Voters can be completely rest assured that NJGOP is ensuring voters’ rights are protected at all phases of the process and that their vote counts,” Szymanski stated.