Report: Polls in Berks Co. to stay open until 9 p.m. because of ‘widespread problems’

By: - May 17, 2022 5:05 pm

The polls in Berks County will stay open until 9 p.m. — one hour past the usual 8 p.m. closing time — because of “widespread” problems with the county’s new voting machines, according to a published report.

A Berks County judge issued the order on Tuesday, which came in response to a petition jointly filed by attorneys representing the local Democratic and Republican parties, according to WFMZ-TV in Allentown.

Anyone in line by 8 p.m. will cast a traditional ballot. Voters who arrive at a polling location after 8 p.m., but by 9 p.m., must vote by provisional ballot, as required by federal law, the station reported. The order does not affect the county’s two drop boxes for mail-in ballots. Those drop boxes still will be closed at 8 p.m., according to WFMZ-TV.

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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