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Voting machines down in entire NJ county, officials say

A ballot is entered into a machine. (Voice Of America/Released)
November 08, 2022

Voting machines went down in Mercer County, New Jersey on Tuesday morning as voters arrived to cast their ballots in the midterm elections.

Election officials told News12 New Jersey that a software issue caused problems in voting machines countywide. The company that runs the machines are currently working on the issue, officials said.

In the meantime, voters will be required to cast paper ballots that will be hand tabulated, according to News12.

Maricopa County, Arizona also had issues with voting machines on Tuesday morning. A video circulating on Twitter showed a man who appeared to be a county election worker advising dozens of voters waiting in line that their vote tabulation machines are not working.

“We have two tabulators,” the apparent poll worker said in the video. “One of the tabulators is not working, okay. The other tabulator is taking about 75 percent successful, so 25 percent of them are being misread. And it could be a printer issue or it could be the tabulator itself.”

The apparent poll worker then said voters waiting in line have the option to either put their ballots into “what’s called Box 3, and it gets read whether it goes downtown and gets read manually or whether it gets re-fed into our tabulator. They will get read.”

As the poll worker talked, a man in the background could be heard saying, “we don’t want to adjudicate, no.”

The poll worker then said, while laughing, that “no one is trying to deceive anybody.”

“Of course not, not on election day,” a man in the background said. “That would never happen.”