Dominion Claims 'Human Error' Caused GOP Ballots to Disappear from Voting Machines
'Dominion deeply regrets the confusion this error caused'
Dominion Voting Systems has blamed "human error" on the bombshell discovery that its machines were failing to display Republican ballots in a Pennsylvania county.
The executive vice president of operations at Dominion, Nicole Nollette, concluded the reasons in a special meeting held by the Luzerne County volunteer election board, the Times Leader reported.
But Director of Elections Bob Morgan said the mishap was due to a "coding error" on the Dominion voting machines, which contradicts the "human error" claim.
"Dominion deeply regrets the confusion this error caused," Nollette said.
The Board of Elections in Luzerne County said votes were counted correctly, Fox 56 reported.
But concerns were raised by Republicans about the integrity of the election.
Luzerne County voters witnessed a ballot only labeled for the Democratic primary on the first screen, which led to confusion.
But ballots would show as Republican when printed, despite showing as Democratic on the screen.
The election authority granted GOP voters a provisional or emergency ballot.
"Nobody did that intentionally," Morgan claimed.
"The moment we found out what the impact was, we immediately sought to give advice to the public, and it is our desire to never have that happen again."
"The ballot header typo had minimal impacts on the actual administration on the election and no impact to the results and the tally," Nollette added.
Morgan told PA Homepage last week there was "no evidence of any of this problem on the mail-in ballots, which were produced from that file.
"We’re still working with Dominion to get an explanation as to how this coding error occurred.
"They were as surprised about it as we were."
A statement was later issued by Dominion claiming a "ballot screen error" was present.
“Luzerne County’s election director has confirmed that there is a ballot screen error that is confined to the header on the viewing screen of the machine, and that all ballots are printing correctly with the Republican header and the Republican primary election races," the company wrote.
"As the county has reassured the voting public, all ballots will be correctly counted. We regret any confusion this has caused.”
Election Board member Missy Thomas said on Monday:
“These machines — their credibility is lost."
County administrative services division head David Parsnik tried to skirt around Dominion being caught red-handed.
“We will learn from this, and we will move forward,” he said.
Election Board Chairwoman Denise Williams said complaints would be "looked into" and the board will next meet in June.