Mostly Republican Ballots Fail to Scan in Pennsylvania County Election, Stoking Concerns
Mostly Republican Ballots Fail to Scan in Pennsylvania County Election, Stoking Concerns

By Zachary Stieber

A number of ballots couldn’t be scanned during local elections this week in a southwestern county in Pennsylvania, triggering fresh concerns about election integrity.

The ballots, mostly from Republican voters in Fayette County, were missing bar codes that typically help facilitate electronic scanning.

“What we know at this point in time is that a bar code that’s required to allow the paper ballots to be scanned at the polling places was missing,” state Rep. Matthew Dowling, a Republican, told The Epoch Times.

George Rattay, chairman of the Fayette County Democratic Party, was present when the issues began around 7 p.m. on May 18. He said nobody initially knew what the problem was. He and others went to the county Bureau of Elections and found out it was a bar code issue.

“The majority of them were Republican ballots,” he told The Epoch Times.

A bureau spokeswoman declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation.

A hand recount was taking place on May 20.

The county said in a statement that the bureau identified and was addressing “a printing issue” with some of the primary election ballots and that the issue was affecting all parties.

“Alternative solutions to the scanning issues were already established and are being enacted. Election officials are currently in direct contact with the judges of elections at all precincts. All judges were trained on these procedures prior to the election,” the county said.

“Every voter will have an opportunity to vote at their polling place. Election officials will ensure every vote is counted.”

Republican county officials helped obtain a judicial order that directed a hand count of all unscanned ballots.

Dowling, state Rep. Ryan Warner, and state Sen. Pat Stefano have issued a right-to-know request seeking records involving ballot and voting machine testing, as well as financial records, including contracts, relating to the printing of ballots and any reports of ballot malfunctions.

“We do want to provide transparency and let our constituents know how this blunder happened,” Dowling told The Epoch Times, adding that the county has not yet said why the barcode was missing on some ballots.

“I’m assuming there was nothing nefarious, although I think that does have to be investigated to see why this happened.”

The issue compounds an already low level of faith among some voters in election integrity, with some of the representatives’ constituents saying they aren’t willing to vote again.

Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower told CBS Pittsburgh that his office plans to investigate what happened. The office didn’t immediately return a voicemail on May 20.

Bill Kozlovich, chairman of the Fayette County Republican Party, told The Epoch Times that he believes the missing barcodes stemmed from a mistake by the printing company.

“I honestly believe it was an honest mistake,” he said.

Fayette County uses Dominion Voting Systems machines. Issues cropped up with Dominion machines in Luzerne County in the May 18 election. Those were blamed on “a ballot screen error.”

Regarding the Fayette County issues, a Dominion spokesperson referenced the county statement blaming a printing issue.

“Known conspiracy theorists have falsely claimed that Dominion machines were at fault. Dominion is not the ballot printing vendor for Fayette County,” the spokesperson said via email. “Local Fayette elections officials quickly implemented a back-up plan and assured voters that every vote will be tallied accurately.”

Rattay, the chair of the county’s Democratic Party, urged people not to take out their anger at what happened on polling workers, because they weren’t involved with the issue and are already overworked and underpaid.

“They’re going to get their ears beat off. Well, they had nothing to do with it,” he said.

Affiliate News Feeds

  • Reuters
  • Washington Examiner
  • The Federalist
  • The Epoch Times
  • The Guardian
  • The Gateway Pundit
  • Judicial Watch

By Patricia Tolson A new survey reveals that the majority of Americans do not trust the integrity of America’s elections. According to a poll conducted among likely General Election voters between Nov. 16–20… [...]

By Louise Chambers When her neighbor, a farmer, fell ill suddenly, a Minnesota teen volunteered to help him tend the land. The farmer was beyond grateful for the support, and the teen… [...]

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced on Tuesday that he won’t support legislation to prevent an economically calamitous rail strike if it isn’t supported by the union workers. [...]

The Pentagon believes the Chinese military’s nuclear arsenal can more than triple by 2035. [...]

Abusers in homes across the nation and worldwide have utilized chemical abortion pills in the same way that Herring allegedly did. [...]

Even amid the hedonistic holiday mania, people are still eager to have a fulfilling and joyful Christmas. Christians can help. [...]

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner “Ignores reality and claims Philadelphia does not have a crisis of crime,” according to the third and final report of the Pennsylvania House Select Committee… [...]

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) on Tuesday sued the board of elections of a Pennsylvania county that didn’t have enough paper ballots on Election Day for failing to certify his victory by… [...]

Antibody therapy lecanemab removes clumps of protein called beta amyloid that builds up in brainResearchers have hailed the dawn of a new era of Alzheimer’s therapies after a clinical trial… [...]

Groups C and D conclude: check the latest permutationsDaily briefing: the joy of Mbappé, Argentina’s escape planGet in touch: email Martin with your thoughtsThe row about concussion substitutions at this… [...]

As the war against censorship seeps into nearly every facet of our lives, best selling rapper Bryson Gray will soon find out if his stand for free speech and artistic… [...]

While the corporate media such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have been writing puff pieces about mega democrat donor Sam Bankman-Fried, independent journalist Ben Armstrong better… [...]

Though years ago India passed a sweeping law giving transgender people rights—and prohibiting discrimination in education, employment, and healthcare—the Biden administration is spending American taxpayer dollars to counter stigma and… [...]

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for all communications between the Secret… [...]

NH Politician

NH POLITICIAN is owned and operated by USNN World News Corporation, a New Hampshire based media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information, local,...