More than 500 voters used a new Pennsylvania website to complain about possible problems in the Nov. 6 election, the Department of State said Wednesday.
The 534 complaints range from concerns about voter intimidation to potential issues with absentee ballots, voter registration, bribery and machine tampering, according to a state report.
Allegheny County logged the second-most complaints, at 69. Philadelphia — the only county more populated than Allegheny — tallied 103.
It’s not clear whether the numbers reflect a worsening problem. The state on Oct. 24 introduced the website, a brainchild of Secretary of State Carol Aichele.
“We never had this form before, so we never had a good way to keep a record of it,” said department spokesman Ron Ruman, adding that the department handled past complaints more informally, with no centralized record-keeping. “It’s really tough to offer any comparison.”
He said the state would refer the online complaints to the counties.
Aichele pitched the page — available through the Department of State and VotesPA websites — as a central means to register concerns.