OFFICIALS are scrambling to investigate after voting machine controls were STOLEN from a Philadelphia warehouse, days after pro-Trump ballots were found trashed.
USB drives, along with an employee's laptop, were taken sometime this week, the City Commissioner’s office confirmed on Wednesday, as reported by KYW-TV.
The city commissioner's office said they are "confident" the theft "will not in any way compromise the integrity of the election,” KYW-TV reported.
A spokesperson for Election Systems & Software, the company that makes the voting machines, said the USB drives are made to prevent tampering, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
ES&S told KYW-TV in respect to the stolen laptop, that it is "not used to program the election or interact with USBs used in elections.”
The spokesperson added that the employee's account passwords were changed and the "address was blocked" as soon as the company was made aware of the theft.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police at 215-686-8477.
The theft was discovered just days after pro-Trump ballots were found trashed in the same swing state of Pennsylvania.
Prosecuting attorney David Freed said his office and the FBI were informed of "potential issues with a small number of mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Board of Elections."
Of nine ballots that were found discarded, seven were pro-Trump.
Two of the other ballots had been resealed by elections staff, prosecuting Attorney David Freed said in a statement.
Federal prosecutors and the FBI are now working to investigate the incident.
The Department of Justice has also ordered the state's county to change its ballot practices, Fox News reported.
More to follow…
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