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Election Operators In Pennsylvania Were Able To Examine BLANK Ballots And “Re-Mark” Them “If Needed”

On Thursday, a popular developer on Twitter discovered that prior to the 2020 election, officials from the Pennsylvania Department of State had requested a function to be added to the Dominion Voting Systems software that would allow local ballot counters with access to “totally blank ballots” to examine, re-mark if needed and allowed, and then re-scan into the tabulator:

On page 63 of the PDF file found here, there are entries under the Dominion software ‘Feature/Characteristic’ section that state the following:

1. Totally Blank Ballots: Any blank ballot alert is tested.

Answer: YES

Comment: Precinct voters receive a warning; both precinct and central scanners will warn on blank ballots.

2. Totally Blank Ballots: If blank ballots are not immediately processed, there must be a provision to recognize and accept them.

Answer: YES

Comment: Blank ballots are flagged. These ballots can be manually examined and then be scanned and accepted as blank; or precinct voter can override and accept.

3. Totally Blank Ballots: If operators can access a blank ballot, there must be a provision for resolution.

Answer: YES

Comment: Operators can examine a blank ballot, re-mark if needed and allowed, and then re-scan it.

Pennyslvania Operators Can Mark Totally Blank Ballots
A screenshot from Pennsylvania’s ‘Report Concerning The Examination Results Of Dominion Voting Systems Democracy Suite.’ Archive link

The third entry is the most peculiar and ambiguous. What defines “needed” and “allowed?” Also, how can someone “re-mark” a ballot if it is already blank?

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