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    Voting Machines, Erroneous Tally

    Northampton County PA held a county election November 5, 2019, using "ExpressVoteXL" voting machines, supplied by Election Systems and Software. These machines were delivered in August 2019, and conformed to federal and state performance standards for voting machines, according to a report in the New York Times, 12-1-2019.

    (There are roughly 6,300 ExpressVoteXL voting machines in use around the country, and reportedly none of them have had problems with counting votes.)

    The machine tallies votes instantly and also prints a paper backup ballot when each elector casts his or her ballot.

    The total of the instant results in the County Judge race were:
    Kassis (D) 164
    Scomilio (R) 25,137

    Many electors suspected that something was amiss. Election officials worked late into the night counting the backup paper ballots. They declared a different result:
    Kassis (D) 26,142
    Scomilio (R) 25,137

    The Republican candidate conceded, and the Republican Party stated that they would not demand a re-count.

    In my opinion, it is fortunate that the election officials did not rely on the electronic total and insisted on performing a manual count of the backup ballots. The error in Kassis' vote was a failure to count 99.4% of his votes electronically. So it was a glaring error. (Maybe even a Soviet-scale miscalculation!) A more subtle error of perhaps 10% to 20% might not have attracted as much notice.

    A spokesperson for Election Systems and Software stated, "The election was legal and fair."

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    As I understand it, machine errors affected every race in the county, not just the County Judge race, but in the end after a diligent hand count the county Democratic party swept the marquee races.
    "Things should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler." ~ Albert Einstein

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    Senior Member bae's Avatar
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    I've attended a couple of the verification sessions the County does here before each election count, it's pretty interesting, and it's nice that they invite citizen oversight.

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