A Pennsylvania county board is meeting again to certify the 2022 election results after the group failed to do so by the deadline on Monday.
The Luzerne County Board of Elections will meet on Wednesday hoping for different results after two Republicans voted against certifying the election and two Democrats voted in favor of certification. The fifth member, a Democrat, abstained from the vote.
On Election Day, Luzerne County was one of many across the country suffering from voting problems, whether it be machine malfunctioning or, in the Pennsylvania county’s case, paper ballot shortages. A judge ordered polling places to stay open two hours later than usual to allow voters to cast provisional ballots.
The two Republican board members, Alyssa Fusaro and Jim Mangan voted “no” due to the paper shortage, and many residents who attended the meeting advocated against certifying the results until an investigation is conducted by the Luzerne County attorney general into how the paper shortage occurred.
Democrat Daniel Schramm, who abstained, said he wanted further clarification on what would happen if the county failed to certify the votes.
The state or candidates could take legal action against the county for not certifying election results, according to the County Assistant Solicitor Paula Radick per the Times Leader.
In Luzerne County, Mehmet Oz received more votes than now Senator-elect John Fetterman (D). Democratic Governor-elect Josh Shapiro received slightly more votes in the county than Republican opponent Doug Mastriano.
After the vote, Schramm told ABC WNEP that his concerns about the election were addressed and he would now vote to certify.
On the other side of the country, a county in Arizona failed to certify the election results as well. The GOP-led board of supervisors in rural Cochise County voted against certification, putting over 47,000 Arizonan votes at risk.
Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D-AZ) filed a lawsuit against the county asking the court to compel the county to certify. If they do not, she is legally obligated to certify the results on Dec. 8 without the county’s votes, and it may flip Arizona’s 6th Congressional District seat in favor of the Democrats.