Multiple Dominion Voting machines in Mercer County, New Jersey were unable to read ballots, forcing voters to complete paper ballots instead.
Hundreds, possibly thousands of those paper ballots suddenly disappeared and remain at large.
In addition to the 835 Robbinsville residents who voted at the Mercer County Library, the New Jersey Globe reports there to be some 3,200 voters within the three Princeton, New Jersey districts who cast paper ballots as a result of the defunct machines. That means potentially over 4,000 taxpayers could end up disenfranchised if the votes aren’t recovered.
“Dominion” Programmers traveled to Mercer County on Election Day and found an issue with the machines’ “optical scanners” to be the culprit preventing the ballots from being counted.
“There is a slot on the top of the scanner, and voters can vote and are voting manually,” Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello said on Tuesday.
The story gets hazy when the manually completed ballots were supposed to be transferred to the Board of Elections building. The ballots would then be counted the old-fashioned way and that would be the end of it.
“Robbinsville Township was contacted by Mercer County Election officials at approximately 5 p.m. today and were informed that the ballots of one of our districts had gone missing,” Robbinsville Township Mayor Dave Fried wrote in a statement Wednesday night.
“We need to make sure that we don’t go for the trifecta.” Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried on voting machine issues that affected his town for a second year in a row. https://t.co/PALNyJnX3i @WHYYNews #NewJersey
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While the exact number of missing ballots remains unclear, Fried added that “approximately 11%” of Robbinsville votes “have yet to be safely delivered and counted.”
“We will not rest until we get to the bottom of this unconscionable mishap,” said Fried. “We will not consider the 2022 election over in Robbinsville until every single ballot is counted and done so securely.”