Pa. Interest In Election With Tighter Race

Tighter Race Spurs Election Interest In PA.

Smethport, Pa. --   New York State is widely acknowledged to be in the Clinton column for this presidential election. But our neighbors and viewers in Pennsylvania may actually play more of a role in this election with a tighter race in the Keystone State.   
 
A newly released CNN poll shows Hillary Clinton with a four point lead 48 to 44 percent over Donald Trump in Pennsylvania.  But the Republican candidate still has a lot of support in especially rural areas of that state. 
 
It's was a quiet Wednesday afternoon in Smethport, Pennsylvania, but folks know their Keystone state could be a key state period in this election. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have crisscrossed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to make the case to voters.   
 
So back in Smethport, customers are talking about the election at the Courtyard Restaurant which is right across the street from the McKean County Courthouse. Restaurant employee Hannah Pais says, "I definitely have heard a lot more about politics recently than previous elections...there's a lot more people talkin...a lot more goin' on about who they're gonna vote for."
 
 
The noticeable campaign signs in this rural community do seem to favor Trump. But while Clinton leads in that recent polling, some feel Pennsylvania could be a tossup leading to more scrutiny on the state's voting system.
Back in August Trump said, "The only way we can lose Pennsylvania is if cheating goes on."
 
Pennsylvania actually uses a touch screen voting system which was the target of a 2006 lawsuit and criticized because technically there is no paper backup system to check votes. It is one of 15 states in that situation. 
 
McKean County's Election Director Dianne Gallegos says a personal election ballot cartridge which is inserted before each vote and a separate flash drive do provide recorded backups. Also she points out these machines are not connected to the Internet when programmed by the county's computers.
 
Gallegos stresses this is to make sure that  there is no chance to fraud.
 
2 on Your Side asked: "So you think it's overblown when people say Pennsylvania’s  voting system could be hacked?
 
Gallegos responded: "I do. Because it's not hackable."
   
The state's election chief backs her up in an NBC News interview from last month. Deputy Pennsylvania Secretary of State Marian Schneider says, "I think that those concerns would be unfounded because the risk of that happening is very low."
 


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