Election Officers Notice the Numbers Aren’t Adding Up Between Reported Votes and Physical Ballots Cast

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A watchdog group is calling for a halt to certifying the results of the Nov. 8 midterm elections in Virginia until some discrepancies can be explained.

In at least two precincts in Prince William County, the number of physical ballots cast differed from the totals reported by machines, according to a news release Monday from the Electoral Process Education Corp.

The nonprofit said it was “urging Virginia’s public election officials to verify scanner machine ballot counts before certification of results in key precincts as a result of recent findings.”

“The recommendation comes after election officers, analysts and observers discovered discrepancies in the data reported to and provided by the Virginia Department of Elections,” it said in the release.

“The findings raise questions about the proper certification of the machines in question, and whether issues were addressed according to statewide election protocols,” EPEC said.

The group indicated that the issue was not who won or lost but the integrity of the election.

“Although the number of ballots impacted was small, the repeated findings raise questions about the origin of the errors and whether the machines were operating correctly,” the release said.

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