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Dominion Voting Systems is blaming “human error” after machines in a Pennsylvania county failed to display Republican ballots.
After a two-hour special meeting held by the Luzerne County volunteer election board, Nicole Nollette, the executive vice president of operations at Dominion, announced their conclusion that it was simply a “human error,” according to the Times Leader.
“Dominion deeply regrets the confusion this error caused,” Nollette said.
“The ballot header typo had minimal impacts on the actual administration on the election and no impact to the results and the tally,” Nollette added.
However, this contradicts Director of Elections Bob Morgan, who said last week a “coding error” from within Dominion caused the mishap during local primary elections last Tuesday.
The Board of Elections in Luzerne County said every vote was counted correctly, according to local outlet Fox 56.
Luzerne County voters saw a ballot only labeled for the Democratic primary on the first screen, leading to confusion.
Ballots would show as Republican when printed, even though they appeared to be Democratic on the screen.
The election authority granted GOP voters to file a provisional or emergency ballot.
“Nobody did that intentionally,” Morgan said. “The moment we found out what the impact was we immediately sought to advise the public, and it is our desire to never have that happen again.”
The timeline is also important to follow.
On May 18, Morgan told PA Homepage that there was “no evidence of any of this problem on the mail-in ballots, which were produced from that file. We’re still working with Dominion to get an explanation as to how this coding error occurred. They were as surprised about it as we were.”
Then, a few days later, Dominion issued a statement that claimed a “ballot screen error” was present.
“Luzerne County’s election director has confirmed that there is a ballot screen error that is confined to the header on the viewing screen of the machine, and that all ballots are printing correctly with the Republican header and the Republican primary election races. As the county has reassured the voting public, all ballots will be correctly counted. We regret any confusion this has caused,” the company wrote.
This led to leaders in the county calling for a third party to conduct a forensic audit.
“These machines — their credibility is lost,” said Election Board member Missy Thomas on Monday. “The system is compromised.”
Last week, former Trump advisers in Pennsylvania filed a new lawsuit alleging that Dominion Voting Systems has engaged in secretive practices.
The lawsuit, which was filed by Look Ahead America, alleges that the Stark County, Ohio Board of Elections awarded Dominion Voting Systems a contract under less-than-transparent conditions.
The lawsuit states:
In the second half of 2018, the STARK COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS contacted different vendors to obtain information and schedule on-site demonstrations of voting equipment relative to the potential purchase of new voting equipment. As a result, there were many in-depth conversations between the vendors and the STARK COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS, including the staff of the BOARD OF ELECTIONS.
In September 2018, on-site demonstrations of potential voting equipment were made by potential vendors to the STARK COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS and staff. Ultimately, two vendors tendered proposals to the STARK COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS for new voting equipment: (i) Electronic Systems & Software; and (ii) Dominion Voting Systems, Inc.
“The process engaged in by the Board of Elections was not transparent and open to the public,” Look Ahead America Executive Director Matt Braynard told Just the News.
“Nothing necessitated the public’s exclusion,” Braynard said. “And for the next months thereafter, they continued to exclude the public when discussing the contract with Dominion.”