GRANVILLE, NY (WRGB) — Update 8:30 p.m. ET: The Republican Party says today they successfully sued in court and the emergency ballots that were unable to be scanned will remain locked on-site and under supervision by observers of both parties. The ballots in question will be separated from the rest of the county's ballots, and will be counted later tonight. Those ballots will be audited if necessary.
Ballot issues are affecting Washington County polling locations.
According to the Washington County Republican Commissioner, Thomas Rogers , we're told that 7 towns worth of ballots are not able to be read by ballot machines.
The county, according to Rogers, prints their own ballots, starting with a format that was not readable by the machines, leading to machines getting jammed.
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This is affecting 7 towns within the county. We're told that those ballots will be hand counted on Wednesday.
Those towns included Argyle, Fort Edward, Granville, Easton, Dresden, Cambridge, and Fort Ann.
We have also reached out to the Democratic commission, we are waiting to hear back.
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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik responded with a statement saying they are working with the Republican National Committee and plans to explore all legal options to ensure that every vote is counted.
We reached out to Matt Castelli, who criticizes Stefanik, accusing her of "seeking to manufacture controversy and stoke fear about the integrity of [our] elections." He goes on to say he's grateful for hardworking poll workers who corrected the issue.
The commissioner says that the machines and ballots were tested in October with no issues and that the issue affecting voters on Tuesday was corrected.