Election Day Press Release from Monroe County Board of Elections re: Paper Ballots

The Board is concerned that some voters believe that they have the right to request a paper ballot instead of using voting machines. The casting of paper ballots on Election Day in Monroe County is expressly prohibited by the Pennsylvania Election Code. It is not a lawful and authorized method of voting.

The voting machines in use in Monroe County have been examined and certified to federal and state standards. Those standards include an audit capability. Our machines are not linked to the internet.

False information may derive from misunderstanding of the Election Code provisions for “provisional” ballots. Guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of State issued this month describes this process.​ ​

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