A Pennsylvania county is appointing a top prosecutor to investigate a voting machine error that caused Republican ballots not to display. The 11-member council in Luzerne County voted to investigate the odd voting machine error, which occurred in a primary election on May 18.
“County DA Sam Sanguedolce was not in attendance but said Tuesday night his office will investigate any allegations of potential criminal conduct relating to the May primary,” the Times Leader reported. “He said his predecessor, Stefanie Salavantis, created an Election Fraud Task Force that remains intact and will review anything forwarded to the office.”
“Without integrity in our elections, the public cannot trust the remainder of our democratic process,” Sanguedolce said.
Dominion Voting Systems provided a familiar explanation for the anomaly, which targeted Republican ballots.
“Dominion Voting Systems Inc., which supplied and programs the devices, said ‘human error’ at the company caused the data entry typographical mistake that put a Democratic header at the top of Republican ballots,” the report continued. “The county administration also acknowledged the county did not test the ballots after they were programmed into the machines, relying on the company to do that task.”
Luzerne County thus relied on Dominion to run the election. It is a familiar story. During the Arizona Senate’s audit of Maricopa County, it came out that the election officials did not even have passwords to the voting machines. Therefore, it seems Maricopa County didn’t even run the election and Dominion effectively did.
“Griffith’s resolution asks the DA’s office to investigate Dominion’s practices and procedures in programming and set-up of the primary ballot, the county election bureau’s review and testing and the election board’s role in election equipment oversight and security,” the Times Leader continued.
“The DA’s office and its detectives have power to investigate and come back with findings, Griffith said. If there is no criminal activity, the DA can report that so voters have reassurance,” the Times Leader reported him as saying.
As the Washington Post recently pointed out, “state leaders, Dominion officials and local residents” are now trying to block election audits from taking place across the country.
A top prosecutor being appointed to investigate the functioning of Dominion’s voting machines is a major development in U.S. elections. It will be very interesting to many voters how the results of the investigation turn out.