SALEM TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — There are some big concerns in Salem Township, Luzerne County, over the lack of paper for their polling location.
Earlier today, this polling location ran out of paper. That paper was replaced, but not by the Bureau of Elections.
Many voters are now concerned their vote won’t count.
Problems began at the Berwick Assembly of God Church polling location before they opened.
Poll workers claim this polling location only had about 50 sheets of paper to start the day. They ran out of that paper around 9:30 this morning. The elections bureau was contacted for more paper.
Poll workers switched to having voters use provisional ballots, but the tabulator would not accept the ballots.
Voters were waiting for over an hour for paper from elections officials. That’s when poll workers ran out to get their own paper.
“What they told us is you need 20 gauge paper in order for it to work so what I did was I ran down and grabbed the hard paper that we have at work and that’s been working ever since she can’t just use regular paper,” explained Hope Hardiman, a minority inspector.
“But we’re not sure that that’s that’s even going to be counted yes the little machine accepted it but maybe the machine does have a glitch that says this isn’t you know this isn’t the right kind of paper,” said Nancy Digiondomenico, Salem Township resident.
More than 2,500 voters use this precinct. We are seeing this paper shortage problem all across Luzerne County.
Was the day saved by poll workers here? Will those votes count? Eyewitness News is working to track down answers.