New Hampshire Audit Suspects ‘Fold Lines’ Cause for Ballot Discrepancies

New Hampshire Audit Suspects ‘Fold Lines’ Cause for Ballot Discrepancies

There has been virtually no coverage for the New Hampshire audit finding vote discrepancies for the 2020 election results. Election auditors in Windham, New Hampshire, “are saying that some of their latest findings are ‘large enough to account for discrepancies in the Nov. 3 election results for four state representative seats” reports the Epoch Times.

Close examination of Windham’s 10,000 ballots from the November 2020 election have auditors and volunteers for the secure audit facility in Pembroke saying they may be close to an explanation for vote discrepancies.

“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” said independent auditor Mark Lindeman.

Local ABC affiliate WMUR 9 reports:

Auditors said the scanners could be interpreting the fold lines as a vote when they go through a “vote target,” or a candidate’s name on the ballot. They said a lot of Windham’s ballots appear to have fold lines across the target of a Democratic state representative candidate.
“Wherever the fold happened to be was, I guess, most commonly through my name,” said the candidate, Kristi St. Laurent.

Auditors said that could explain why St. Laurent lost 99 votes in the hand recount last year, while Republican candidates gained votes.

“Because if someone voted for all four Republican candidates and the ballot happened to have its fold line going through St. Laurent’s target, then that might be interpreted by the machines as an overvote, which would then subtract votes from each of those four Republican candidates,” said auditor Philip Stark. “Conversely, if there were not four votes already in that contest by the voter, a fold line through that target could have caused the machine to interpret it as a vote for St. Laurent.”

The hypothesis will be tested extensively, but auditors said the fold line issue might not be isolated to just Windham’s machines.

“Throughout New Hampshire, you’re using the same voting machines, the AccuVote, and in principle, it could be an issue,” Stark said. “It really depends where the folds are in relationship to the vote targets.”


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