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Pa. Dept. of State ‘satisfied’ Northampton Co. election results meet code after Election Day voting issues

By: - November 24, 2023 12:40 pm

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The Pennsylvania Department of State said this week that it is “satisfied” that the official election results certified by Northampton County election officials meet state election code after voting issues caused confusion among voters and poll workers on Election Day.

In a hotly debated 4-5 vote, Northampton County election officials voted to certify the results of the Nov. 7 general election, according to news reports

In an email to the Capital-Star this week, a DOS spokesperson confirmed that state officials believe the results meet the standards outlined in the Commonwealth’s election code.

“The Department of State is satisfied that Northampton County was able to perform its obligation to certify its results, consistent with the Election Code,” spokesperson Matt Heckel said. 

County election officials faced scrutiny from the public, voting rights groups, and state officials this month after a “clerical error” caused voters’ ballot selections to appear incorrectly in the state Superior Court race. 

Speaking to reporters from the state Capitol on election night, Secretary of State Al Schmidt said the department would ‘follow up’ with county officials and voting machine vendor ES&S to investigate the incident. 

The Department has been in contact with Northampton County election officials and plans to meet with them as soon as the County has completed its internal review,” Heckel said.

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