Issues with Mercer County voting machine scanners means some ballots will be counted by hand

There were some issues with voting machine scanners in Mercer County this Election Day, according to the county board of elections.

News 12 Staff

Nov 8, 2022, 12:44 PM

Updated 533 days ago

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There were some issues with voting machine scanners in Mercer County this Election Day, according to the county board of elections.
Mercer County election officials say that the Dominion voting scanners would not read the ballots. Voters were still able to cast their votes but completed ballots must be dropped in a slot on the top of the machine and will be counted later.
“They made it as easy as they could, and once I understood what they wanted, it wasn’t bad at all,” resident says Bob Perron.
But there were some who were worried about the voting issues.
"They are hand tabulating the votes later today and in 2022, on this important of an election, I think that's complete and total ridiculousness,” says Thomas Faucett III, of Hamilton.
Voters like Faucett and Elizabeth Roberts say problems like this should be worked out before Election Day.
“My biggest concern is that they are using broken machines. Machines don't even work right now. I would like to have seen it scan and go through and know that the machine counted it, but I didn't have that luxury I guess,” says Roberts.
The majority of voters New 12 spoke with say that they trust the system and are not bothered by the scanning problems.
"Everything was smooth,” says John Elkins, of Hamilton.
The chair of the Mercer County Board of Elections tells News 12 that the ballots will be collected and brought to the county elections office. Those ballots are live ballots, so workers will open the sealed bags and perform a hand count. They will then be run through a scanner machine.


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