Thursday, January 19, 2023

Why has counting votes so difficult?

The outcome of a local election in New Jersey was changed after officials uncovered a malfunction with voting machines.

A tabulation malfunction within Election Systems and Software voting machines caused some votes to be double-counted in six voting precincts in Monmouth County. According to the New Jersey Globe, the problem was "not discovered until an unrelated issue caused the Board of Elections to launch an internal investigation."

As a result of the irregularity, the result of one school board race in Ocean Township will have to be changed.

Initially, Steve Clayton defeated Jeffrey Weinstein by just 20 votes — 3,523 to 3,503. But when the tabulation errors were corrected and the vote recalculated, the result showed that Weinstein had actually won by a single vote.

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