Numerous attempts were made by former President Donald Trump and his legal surrogates to prove that widespread fraud took place in the 2020 election, with some even alleging — without proof — that one particular voting machine company was to blame.
While none of those legal challenges panned out for the former president, the Washington Examiner reports that voting machines from Dominion Voting Systems that were used in one Pennsylvania county are now getting a fresh look. The district attorney of Luzerne County reportedly announced an investigation into the machines after receiving complaints about the county’s recent primary election.
What’s going on?
At issue is the county’s May 18 primary, wherein voters reportedly complained that the machines failed to display Republican ballots. Local city council officials made the formal request for District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce’s office to look into the matter.
The county’s top prosecutor issued a short and concise statement on his office’s involvement in the investigation, making clear that its only goal is to gather facts.
“In this case, our goal is really to determine what the facts are and release more facts if, in fact, criminal conduct didn’t occur so that the public can be reassured. These are the facts we found, this is what was supposed to happen, and this is what you need to know,” Sanguedolce told a local media outlet, according to the Examiner.
Luzerne County Republican Party Chairman Justin Behrens expressed concerns about the machines, saying that many Republicans in the county felt “disenfranchised” over the machines allegedly not allowing them to see a Republican ballot, the Examiner noted.
“The Republican Party voters have been disenfranchised. We have multiple complaints that have gone through to us saying they didn’t get a chance to vote. They didn’t feel confident with the voting process,” Behrens said.
According to Fox 56, the Luzerne County election board recently met with executives from Dominion Voting Systems virtually, who confirmed that Republican ballots were, in fact, mislabeled as ballots for Democrats in the ballot header.
Representatives from the company, which made more headlines earlier this year after launching a series of billion-dollar defamation lawsuits against a number of individuals and organizations who alleged the company was involved in voter fraud, apologized for the error but remained steadfast in their claims that it didn’t have any effect on the outcome of the election.
“The ballot header typo had minimal impacts on the actual administration on the election and no impact to the results,” Dominion’s Nicole Nollette said.
“Dominion deeply regrets the confusion this error caused,” Nollette added. Another Dominion representative, John Hastings, remarked: “The error that we took and we are owning.”
While the primary election might not have been impacted, as far as they know, county election director Bob Morgan said the error was “regrettable,” adding that it further erodes trust in future elections.