New Jersey Election Results Flip After Tabulation Error Discovered

The error affects six voting districts.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Voting machine errors have been discovered more than two months after New Jersey’s November elections, changing the results of a local school board race.
  • Jeffrey Weinstein was declared the winner in Ocean City Township’s school board race after originally being behind Steve Clayton by 20 votes.
  • An internal investigation over “unrelated issues” was conducted by the Monmouth County Board of Elections and found that some votes were counted twice, officials blaming the incident on “human procedural error.”
  • A representative for Election Systems and Software (ES&S), Katina Granger, explained that in July 2022, ES&S technicians were sent to Monmouth County to look into “slow performance” reports, and that “during troubleshooting, technicians uninstalled and reinstalled the county’s election management software.”
  • “A human procedural error during reinstallation excluded a step, which optimizes the system database and ensures USB flash media cannot be read twice during the results loading process. Because the database was not optimized, the user was not notified when the USB flash media were loaded twice into the results reporting module,” Granger said.
  • The Board of Elections is now seeking to recertify the results.
OFFICIALS RESPOND TO ELECTION ERROR:
  • State Senator Vin Gopal (D) said the error discovered in the voting system “creates an opening for questions about the integrity of elections in Monmouth County, and the state.”
  • “Monmouth County, and the state, owes voters complete transparency on how these errors occurred and what steps are being taken to ensure they never repeat,” Gopal added.
  • Tracee Johnson, Chief Clerk at the Board of Elections, noted in her Monmouth County audit that the “tabulation accuracy was 100%.”
BACKGROUND:
  • American Faith reported that over 3,000 New Jersey ballots went missing after a malfunction occurred with the Dominion Voting machines.
  • The Mercer County, New Jersey, Prosecutor’s Office was asked to “investigate as to whether this scanning problem occurred based on an error or whether something was intentionally done to create chaos and distrust in the election system.”
  • Several counties in Nevada are considering moving away from Dominion Voting and electronic tabulation, in a shifting toward paper ballots and hand-counting votes.