Paper shortage prompts judge to keep polls in Luzerne County open until 10 p.m.
NEPA Correspondent Patrick Abdalla reports:
Elections officials in Luzerne County appear to be scrambling after finding out a judge has ordered the polls to remain open until 10 p.m. because of a lack of paper ballots.
— ⚾️Patrick Abdalla 🗽 (@PaddyAbs) November 8, 2022
The Times-Leader of Wilkes-Barre first reported the news earlier in the day on Tuesday.
The order by Luzerne County Judge Lesa S. Gelb came as a result of request by acting county Election Director Beth McBride and County Manager Randy Robertson, the newspaper reported. Officials asked for the extension after a widespread lack of paper for the ballot-marking devices caused issues at many polling places, according to the Times-Leader.
According to the Times-Leader, “the ballot-marking devices were not all fully stocked with paper as needed during the logistics and accuracy testing.”
“We want to protect the integrity of the election as best as we can,” Gelb said, according to the newspaper.
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