Northampton County rolling out new voting machines with touch screens, paper trail backup


A lawsuit filed by election security advocates says new electronic voting machines that encountered problems in Northampton County and two other Pennsylvania counties should get the boot.

The suit filed by the National Election Defense Coalition and 14 others in PA Commonwealth Court is seeking the decertification of ExpressVote XL voting machines.

The suit claims the machine is "insecure, unreliable, inaccessible to users with disabilities and not remotely compliant with state ballot requirements."

The voting machines came under fire in Northampton County on election day in November. Issues with the machines led to long lines and incorrect tabulations in some races that required hand counts of the machine's paper ballots.

Representatives from the voting machine manufacturer, ES&S, appeared before County Council Thursday. They said the problems that happened on election day were the result of human error, and the problems with the screen and layout will be fixed before the spring primary election.

The company said a factory operator incorrectly configured some of the machines sent to the county.

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