BELMAR, NJ — Final week, it made nationwide headlines when it was revealed that the election software program utilized by Monmouth County incorrectly double counted some votes within the Nov. 2022 Ocean Twp. college board race.
Now, the Monmouth County Superintendent of Elections mentioned that very same software program could have incorrectly counted votes in a minimum of three extra cities: Tinton Falls, Belmar and Truthful Haven, plus Ocean Township.
Additionally on Tuesday, New Jersey Legal professional Normal Matt Platkin mentioned he’s launching a full investigation into what occurred.
The Legal professional Normal additionally filed a authorized grievance Friday in Monmouth County Superior Court docket, requesting a recount within the 2022 elections in all 4 of these cities.
“Primarily based on public stories relating to the 2022 common election in Monmouth County, a full investigation is warranted to protect public belief in our elections,” Platkin mentioned on Tuesday.
Legal professional Normal Platkin mentioned he’s requesting the recount and investigation afterof vote depend errors made by Election Techniques Software program, the third-party vendor employed by Monmouth County to function their voting machine software program countywide.
Final week, a spokeswoman for Election Techniques Software program, Katina Granger, advised CNN the Ocean Twp. college board race was the one race affected — despite the fact that Election Techniques Software program is utilized by Monmouth County county-wide.
However two days later, it got here to gentle that vote counts in 4 cities — Ocean Twp., Belmar, Tinton Falls and Truthful Haven — have been all probably incorrectly counted, the Monmouth County Superintendent of Elections and Board of Elections.
“It seems to have been a technical drawback with Election Techniques Software program’s election software program system, which has been recognized and is within the means of being rectified,” learn the assertion. “ES&S is one in all a restricted variety of election system distributors licensed by the state. Because of the issue, there have been inaccurate vote tallies in six of Monmouth County’s 466 districts, in Belmar, Truthful Haven, Ocean Township and Tinton Falls. The end result of 1 election may change because of this, the Board of Schooling election in Ocean Township, which was very shut.”
“ES&S has accepted accountability for the software program difficulty. Throughout the firm’s reinstallation of the software program for Monmouth County in July 2022, ES&S admittedly excluded a step that allowed some votes to be counted twice.”
“A technician inadvertently loaded votes twice in error,” Granger advised CNN final Wednesday. “Sometimes our software program blocks this from occurring. Sadly, a human error in a July software program reinstallment missed the step that will have flagged the error.”
Monmouth County Commissioner Tom Arnone mentioned he’s “calling for a gathering with Election Techniques & Software program to speak about how and why this occurred, in order that Monmouth County might be positive the problems are mounted. Please know Monmouth County is leaving no stone unturned to totally resolve this and to verify it by no means occurs once more.”
The Legal professional Normal’s Workplace has retained the legislation agency Patterson, Belknap, Webb, and Tyler LLP to conduct the investigation. The agency has agreed to be retained on a professional bono foundation.
A Monmouth County Superior Court docket decide has not issued a date for when the recount will happen.
Monmouth County Superintendent of Elections Chris Siciliano and the Board of Elections mentioned Tuesday they “welcome” the Legal professional Normal’s investigation.
“Monmouth County election places of work welcome and help any investigation by the New Jersey Legal professional Normal into Election System’s Software program’s election software program difficulty,” they mentioned. “Now we have already been working with the Legal professional Normal’s Workplace on this drawback. Monmouth County election places of work have additionally known as on the state of New Jersey to require recertification of election methods — together with election machines and software program — each yearly and every time there’s a modification to the election software program. Monmouth County election places of work additionally ask the state to create a brand new state-mandated check and guidelines to carry out earlier than elections to make sure the election software program works correctly. Once more, our prime precedence is guaranteeing the integrity of the voting course of for the residents of Monmouth County.”
Preliminary Patch report: Voting Machine Software program Error Made In Ocean Twp. College Board Race (Jan. 18)