NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. (WHTM) – Voters at some York County poll locations have complained of long wait times due to new voting machines.
Some people who voted at the Fishing Creek Community Center in Fairview Township told ABC27 News they waited 45 minutes to an hour to vote.
A poll worker said the issue is a scanner that records votes from paper ballots. There is only one scanner at the community center and it apparently was running slowly.
“It is always worth voting, but this is something that needs to be addressed,” said Dean Newhouse, a voter. “I saw people leaving the line and their votes will not be counted. It appears that they need more scanners to count the ballots.”
The polling area at Fishing Creek switched to an emergency procedure at 2:30 p.m. Paper ballots were collected into a lockbox and voters were assured the ballots would eventually be scanned.
York County recently replaced its touchscreen voting stations. Voters now get a piece of paper with the names of candidates then mark who they’re voting for and feed the paper into the scanner.
ABC27 received calls from other voters who expressed concerns about the new voting system and the wait times at other locations in the county. York County communications director Mark Waters says they underestimated the number of scanning machines that would be needed for this year’s election and will purchase more for 2020.
The old voting stations were replaced because of a state mandate that requires counties to get new voting systems with a paper trail before the 2020 presidential election.