Luzerne County polling place runs out of paper ballots

By: - May 16, 2023 5:35 pm

No, you’re not rereading an old story. Something went wrong again in Luzerne County as voters headed to the polls.

The latest snafu for the snakebit county is a Hunlock Township polling place running out of paper ballots. The township is southwest of Wilkes-Barre.

According to The Times Leader, voters were able to use an electronic device set up in the polling area for voters with disabilities. The county, which uses paper ballots, had electronic devices in polling places to help with accessibility issues.

This is the latest in a long string of issues for the county.

  • In November, dozens of polling precincts ran out of ballots. 
  • In an April 2022 special election, votes were delivered late.
  • In the November 2021 General Election, two hard drives with votes were never added to the election night talley after they were left in Judge of Election bags.
  • In the May 2021 Primary Election, Republican ballots were errantly displayed as Democratic ballots

In the 2020 General Election, a worker threw out nine ballots. The Department of State would later say it was because of bad training.

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Patrick Abdalla
Patrick Abdalla

Correspondent Patrick Abdalla covers northeastern Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Follow him on Twitter @PaddyAbs.