PA Judge Extends Voting Hours In Luzerne County Due To Paper Shortage
Students walk past a voting sign outside a polling location at Denver East High School on November 8, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.
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A Pennsylvania judge has extended voting hours in Luzerne County after the discovery of a paper shortage at polling sites.

The deadline was extended from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time under the emergency order from Judge Lesa Gelb of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.

“Voters in Luzerne County, through no fault of their own, were disenfranchised and denied the fundamental right to vote,” Gleb wrote in her order, according to the New York Post. “The constitutional right to vote requires an extension of the voting hours.”

Voters in the country were “disenfranchised and denied the fundamental right to vote” by the shortage, according to the judge.

Some locations may not receive the additional printed ballots until 4:30 p.m., according to the report. County officials are reportedly investigating the matter.

WBRE News reported that voters had contacted the outlet and “said they could not vote or were told to come back to vote later in the day.”

Approximately 204,500 registered voters live in Luzerne County. Former President Donald Trump won the county by 14 points in 2020, according to the New York Post.

Luzerne County is located south of Scranton and includes the communities of Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton.

The Pennsylvania midterm elections have been among the most heated and expensive campaigns in the nation. Democrat Josh Shapiro faces Republican Doug Mastriano in the battle for governor, while Democrat John Fetterman faces Republican Mehmet Oz for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania in one of the most closely-watched matchups in the nation.

Fetterman has been criticized both for his leftist views as well as his health after facing a stroke shortly before the primary. Oz has faced scrutiny over residency issues as a relative newcomer to the state.

Oz has gained momentum in recent weeks following endorsements from key GOP leaders, including former President Donald Trump. Most recent polls indicate a close contest.

The well-known medical doctor campaigned in Luzerne County just one day before the election.

“Full house in Luzerne County! Get out and vote tomorrow!” Oz tweeted on Monday.

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