Pennsylvania county that ran out of paper ballots fails to certify results of election

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A voting station and voting machine are ready at the Trinity Christian Fellowship Hall polling place in Biglerville, Pa., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Carolyn Kaster/AP

Pennsylvania county that ran out of paper ballots fails to certify results of election

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A Pennsylvania county that ran out of paper ballots on Election Day failed to certify the results of the midterm elections by the deadline on Monday, making it unclear what election officials will do next to resolve the issue.

The Luzerne County Board of Elections split 2-2, with one member abstaining on whether to certify the results after a paper shortage in the county delayed some voters from casting their ballots on Election Day. The shortage prompted a judge to order polling places to stay open two hours later than usual to allow voters to cast provisional ballots.

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As a result, some residents have urged county officials not to certify the election until they complete an investigation into how the paper shortage occurred. The Luzerne County attorney general is investigating the incident, as well as other problems at Pennsylvania polling places.

The certification of the election results was due on Monday, according to a state-mandated deadline. It’s unclear how the county will proceed without certifying the results, and the board of elections has not responded to a request for comment by the Washington Examiner. 

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The five-member election board split evenly on the vote, with members Denise Williams and Audrey Serniak voting in favor of certification and Alyssa Fusaro and Jim Mangan voting against it. Member Daniel Schramm abstained from voting altogether, noting he wanted clarification on what would happen if the county failed to certify results.

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