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Lehigh County rejects election software analysis in recount

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 1, 2016 12:29 PM

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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, voters fill out their ballots at the Multnomah County Elections Office in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka, File)

(ALLENTOWN) -- Lehigh County elections officials found a couple uncounted ballots in a recount of the Nov. 8 presidential election result in six precincts, but are rejecting a Green Party request to inspect the county's election software for virus-borne malware that could have manipulated votes.

The county's three-member election board rejected the request Wednesday, saying that allowing outside access to its election software could cost the county's system its state certification.

The Morning Call of Allentown reports that Green Party lawyer Ali Frick says simply recounting votes without inspecting the software won't find evidence if cyberattacks altered results tabulated on electronic voting machines.

The recount turned up few discrepancies.

Chief Clerk Tim Benyo says election officials found three absentee ballots and a military ballot that weren't previously counted.

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