There are reports of voting mismatches in two precincts in an influential county in Virginia as machines allegedly have more votes cast than physical ballots, according to Just the News.
The report has sparked concerns over election integrity as the state’s previous registrar was reportedly charged with numerous election-related offenses.
The issue was noticed in Prince William County, one of the state’s most important electoral counties, according to the outlet. The number of ballots found on the machine scanners was reportedly greater than the number of physical ballots tallied by election officers.
In a press release by the nonprofit Electoral Process Election Corps (EPEC), they are urging Virginian officials to verify the tabulation machines after reports of “discovered discrepancies.”
The discrepancies were found when election officers compared the number of check-ins in the poll books to the number of ballots counted by the machine scanner. Precincts P-612 and P-104, which are in the state’s 7thand 10thCongressional districts respectively, were reportedly affected by the discrepancy. Both races were given to Democratic candidates, Rep. Abigail Spanberger and Rep. Jennifer Wexton.
In P-612, not all of the ballots were tabulated. While 531 ballots were reportedly scanned, the machine had only collected 504. After hand counts were conducted by the officers, it was found that the machine had given 27 more votes to the Democratic candidate, contrasted with the three for the Republican and two write-ins.
The errors won’t reportedly change the outcome of the election but have yet to be explained. EPEC is urging the state’s officials to explain the error and determine whether or the machines are operating correctly.
The issues come after Michele White, the county’s former registrar, was reportedly charged with two felony counts of alleged corruption and misconduct as an election official and making a false statement, as well as one misdemeanor of willful neglect of duty.
White, whose trial is set for April, reportedly resigned unexpectedly last year before Director of Elections/General Registrar Eric Olsen found and reported discrepancies to the commissioner of elections and State Board of Elections.