Berks County polls stay open late after reported issues with electronic poll books

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022
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READING, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- The polls in Berks County, Pennsylvania stayed open until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The Berks County Court of Common Pleas issued an order extending poll hours following a joint petition filed by counsel for both the Democratic and Republican parties.

The county says it was aware of issues involving its new electronic poll books.

Stephanie Weaver, public relations officer for the county, released this statement on the issue:

"The County of Berks is aware of an issue impacting the new electronic pollbooks and is distributing backup paper pollbooks to polls throughout the county. The details behind the issue will be reviewed after Election Day and a full and detailed explanation will be provided at that time."

Voters who arrived at a polling location after 8 p.m., but by 9 p.m., had to vote by provisional ballot, per federal law.

The order does not affect the county's two drop boxes for mail-in ballots