Report reveals what led to Montgomery County ballot problem
March 3, 2017
Source: Reading Eagle
NORRISTOWN, PA - Republican Commissioner Joe Gale said he believed a large contributing factor to the issues faced by Voter Services department was high turnover in the department's top positions, including the resignations of two top officials, Director Kelly Green and Manager Andee Knopf, within two months of the general election. "That alone would create chaos in a department, let alone weeks before a big election," Gale said.
Gale also said he felt Voter Services Administrator Matt Macekura, who joined the department last fall after working in the county's Assets & Infrastructure Department, did not have an employment background that qualified him for the position, referring to him as a "political operative" and saying that such hires undermined voter confidence in elections.
Why thousands of Montco absentee ballots went uncounted by election deadline
March 2, 2017
NORRISTOWN, PA - Commissioner Joseph Gale, a Republican, voiced concern that the vacant positions had been filled before the election with employees who had previously held partisan jobs for Democratic candidates. "This is exactly the type of behavior that causes the public to lose faith in the electoral system," he said.