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The Luzerne County council in Pennsylvania voted to allow its local district attorney’s office to investigate a May 18 primary election after both officials and voters reported problems with voting equipment.

Walter Griffith, a Luzerne County councilman, noted voters are “disenfranchised and concerned about the integrity of the election process” as he proposed the idea.

All 10 members at the meeting approved the initiative, which asks prosecutors to investigate Dominion Voting Systems’ machines’ programming and company practices.

Dominion Voting Systems said the county’s election chief “confirmed” a ballot screen error confined to the header on the viewing screen of the machine. The statement from the company expressed “regret” over any confusion.

When Republican voters approached the machine to vote, the introduction page had read: “Official Democratic Ballot.”

There is supposed to be a specific code for a ballot for registered Republicans. Once that code is entered, even though the header says something like “Democratic ballot,” it is for the races in the Republican Party.

Matthew Vough, a Democrat running for a council term, said his name did not appear on some ballots as some Democrats got the Republican ballot. He suggested the county drop Dominion.

Author: Jacob Hall