The 2020 presidential election has shone a spotlight on the issue of election integrity. Despite assurances that voting machines were flawless and impenetrably secure, new evidence is showing how wrong that assumption might have been.
Voting machines in Fayette County Pennsylvania were rejecting votes in Tuesday’s election, the Washington Examiner reported. While it seemed machines were having trouble scanning all votes initially, officials later said it was just Republican ballots.
Although the turnout is typically lower for off-year elections, voters were casting ballots for key positions like judges and officials for their local school board. Local politics has more of a direct impact on residents anyway, but this problem with the machines seems to support what some were saying about the national election results.
As it turns out, all 77 precincts in the county were experiencing the glitch, KDKA-TV reported. “I think suspicious after everything that happened with the presidential election,” voter Lorie Lamb told the news outlet after her ballot was rejected. “I’m a Republican. I went to scan a ballot and it spit it out. I tried three or four times and it kept spitting it out.”
The rejected ballots were being collected for hand counting after the problem was discovered. While it seems this solution was adequate, the fact that so many machines could have similar problems accepting GOP votes seems to support suspicions about the recent presidential election and validate the ongoing scrutiny of ballots cast last November.
In fact, Republicans in the Arizona state Senate have headed an audit of the ballots from the 2020 election in Maricopa County because of such suspicions, The Hill reported. The process has become increasingly contentious with Republicans claiming the election was subject to fraud and Democrats and other defectors insisting the entire process was above board.
The questions began almost immediately after the polls closed when former President Donald Trump charged that his opponent won because of fraud. Trump’s legal team exhausted their legal avenues within the time constraints without ever proving in a court of law that fraud occurred, and President Joe Biden was sworn in on Inauguration Day without incident.
However, these problems with the voting machines in Pennsylvania demonstrate that this technology is flawed and certainly could sway an election if an issue like this had happened and gone undetected. There doesn’t need to be a massive conspiracy to change the results precisely because a glitch in all the machines could easily do it. Even if Biden won fair and square, these machines and this process clearly need further scrutiny.