A voter steps from the voting booth after casting a ballot in the Pennsylvania primary in Philadelphia, Tuesday, May 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
UPDATED 8:12 AM PT – Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Voting machines in Pennsylvania are found to be rejecting Republican ballots in a primary election in the state. Election officials in Fayette County said there was a problem with machines not reading the ballots cast for Republican candidates.
“I think it’s suspicious in my opinion after everything that happened with the presidential election,” stated local voter Lori Lambie. The issue was revealed during a primary election that kicked off in Fayette County on Tuesday.
“I’m a Republican and I filled out my ballot…when I went to scan my ballot it spit it out,” Lambie explained. “I tried it three or four times and it kept spitting it back out.”
Officials originally claimed the machines were not reading the barcodes on all ballots. However, it has since been confirmed there’s no problem with Democrat ballots. This adds to concerns among Pennsylvania voters.
“Just went the normal process of getting a ballot, filling it out…took it over to the machine to put it in and it was rejected,” recounted Jeff Valek, another local voter.
Election officials are reportedly collecting Republican ballots to count them separately at a later time.