The local elections in Philadelphia on Tuesday demonstrate the continuing problems with the use of machines for the casting of votes. And since Pennsylvania — a state President Donald Trump unexpectedly won in the 2016 presidential contest — is expected to be a key state in next year’s presidential race, the importance cannot be overstated.
New touchscreen voting machines were used in Philadelphia, but several problems were reported. In one instance, incumbent Council member Cherelle Parker’s name did not even appear. “I was not happy at all,” Parker said. “About 25 to 30 people, it was reported for me, voted but they cast their votes for Jamie G.” The problem was that “Jamie G.” was in a different council district.
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