Voting Machine Problems Reported In Allegheny Co.

Voters urged to review selections, notify election workers

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November 06, 2018 - 11:01 am
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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — There have been some problems reported at polling places around the Pittsburgh area.

A polling place opened late in Squirrel Hill because the judge of elections had a medical emergency. Emergency ballots were delivered and those ballots will be sealed.

Allegheny County spokeswoman Amie Downs told KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin about a few people who say they voted party line but the machine recorded the opposite party.

“This is a calibration issue, meaning that the machine doesn’t automatically recognize perhaps where you’re touching on the screen,” Downs said.

She says if it does happen, voters should notify poll workers immediately so that the machine can be recalibrated if necessary.

“We have thousands and thousands of machines and obviously we move them to the polling place before Election Day so sometimes those need to be recalibrated, which it’s so important for folks to let us know when there’s an issue.”

Downs adds the machines will not automatically submit incorrect votes.

At the end of the ballot, voters will be prompted to review their selections before casting their final vote.

“So we’re asking people obviously to make sure that they’re looking at that and making any corrections that they need to,” Downs said. “But also letting the elections workers know that there is a problem so that we can address it.”

There are similar calibration issues being reported in Westmoreland Co. In a few other voting districts, election officials showed up late.

If any voter difficulty or intimidation in any way at the polls, they should contact their local District Attorney

Polls are open until 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

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