Carly Roman 

The Fayette County Bureau of Elections told KDKA, a local CBS affiliate, that several precincts were having difficulty scanning bar codes on all ballots, and several voters told the outlet that their Republican ballots were not accepted. Chris Varney, an elections judge, told the outlet the issue was initially believed to be affecting all ballots, but officials then determined the problem only affected Republican ballots.

Both Republicans and Democrats are vying for the positions of recorder of deeds, jury commissioner, magisterial district judge, City Council member, and several school board seats.

Altough turnout for off-year elections is traditionally low, George Rattay, the chairman of the Fayette County Democratic Party, said he’s hoping for turnout of 20%-25% given the local interest in the school board races.

“There’s a lot of candidates running,” Rattay said about the races for school director. “That tells me people are concerned and interested in what’s going on in the schools.”

Bill Kozlovich, chairman of the Fayette County Republican Party, shared Rattay’s hopes for high turnout, focusing his attention on the judicial races.

“We’ve got to get good judge candidates in,” he said, adding that he’d like to see more Republicans leading the county’s row offices.

Other races throughout the country, particularly those in the 2020 contest, have been subject to scrutiny over the past six months.

In addition to the audit in Maricopa County over the 2020 presidential election results in Arizona, an audit team in Windham, New Hampshire, said it suspects folds in ballots could be the source of discrepancies in 2020 election results in the state.

“Something we strongly suspect at this juncture, based on various evidence, is that in some cases, fold lines are being interpreted by the scanners as valid votes,” auditor Mark Lindeman said, according to a report by WMUR9 on Monday, after the first review of four AccuVote machines was completed over the weekend.

Polls in Fayette County are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Representatives for Fayette County did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.

Original Author: Carly Roman

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