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I-Team: Luzerne County Elections Board questions ballot labeling, voting machines in mall

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Luzerne County Election Board, which oversees the County Bureau of Elections wants answers regarding the mislabeling of electronic ballots.

Plus, they want to know why voting machines were left in a public walkway area of a Hazleton Mall. They learned about the situation after seeing our exclusive I-Team report Thursday.

“Major concern is restoring confidence in the citizens of Luzerne County that their vote counts,” Luzerne County Election Board Member Richard Nardone said.

In hopes of getting answers, the Luzerne County Election Board has scheduled a public virtual meeting for Monday at 6:00 p.m. They have invited county administration and representatives of Dominion Voting Solutions, the vendor who set up the electronic ballots. The public can attend the meeting by going through the Luzerne County Election Board website.

“We can fix the machine problems we can identify a process failure. If there’s a people problem we can fix that we can either retraining or re-education or replacement. We can’t continue with these kinds of failures,” Nardone said.

Voting machines were left in a public walkway area of a Hazleton Mall

Board Chairperson Denise Williams says she only learned about the voting machines left in the mall after the I-Team report aired on Thursday.

“The thought I have on that, we will definitely have to be evaluating going forward. The process of bringing the machines the voting machines tabulators the scanners back,” Williams said.

Board member Audrey Serniak says the board must be fair to all involved.

“Basically I really want to know some of the facts that happened rather than being pulled off to what people think happened or running off chasing rumors,” she said.

Eyewitness News reached out to Dominion Voting Systems regarding the invite from the county election board to attend the virtual meeting on Monday. A spokesperson had no comment on the meeting but referred to a statement they released on Tuesday.

“Luzerne County’s election director has confirmed there is a ballot screen error that is confined to the header on the viewing screen of the machine and that all ballots are printing correctly with the Republican header and the Republican primary election races. As the county has reassured the voting public, all ballots will be correctly counted. We regret any confusion this has caused,” the statement read.

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