Warren County officials plan to meet with representatives of their voting machine manufacturer this week after five of the machines malfunctioned during Tuesday’s general election. Three machines broke down in the Phillipsburg area in addition to one in Allamuchy Township and another in Independence Township.
“Little things like that happen in every election … in every county in every state in the country,” county Clerk Patricia J. Kolb said today. “It’s not unique to us.”
The malfunctions added fire to an already heated Phillipsburg mayoral race.
Unsuccessful candidate Todd Tersigni did not concede the election Tuesday night, citing concerns with the machines.
Phillipsburg Mayor Harry Wyant Jr. said he would appear before the Warren County freeholders to speak about the machines. Kolb and Board of Elections Administrator William Duffy downplayed the problems. “It happens,” Duffy said. Officials pointed to fail-safes in place that would prevent barriers to democracy.