Guzman demands accountability from Berks County Commissioners in light of recent report describing ‘chaos’ during primary election

READING, Aug. 5 — State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today issued the following statement in response to the surge of problems linked to the elections process in Berks County.

“The people of Berks County deserve better. From the failures hitting people of color the hardest before the election, to the refusal to obey state law and count legal ballots, to the curious resignation of the person who was in charge for those debacles, it’s clear we have to refocus on what matters: restoring the people’s faith in their democracy,” Guzman said.

The lawmaker said he plans to call for public hearings and investigate ways to guarantee an open and truthful process before November’s general election.

“I plan on calling for open public hearings to find out how these mistakes happened and, more importantly, how we can make sure the people are never denied their voice again for any reason,” he said, added: “I want to thank the Reading Eagle for this vital journalism and always holding government at every level accountable, especially when our sacred constitutional rights are at stake.”

Guzman, who has been on the front lines of election’s issues, also warned the community of irregularities with voting machines during the past primary election.