Reports indicate that the voting equipment was stolen from a warehouse in East Falls, though officials are unclear as to when the theft took place. The laptop belongs to an on-site employee who works for the company that supplies the voting machines, and the USB drives essentially belong to voters themselves, as they are needed to upload the appropriate ballots.
"We are confident that this incident will not in any way compromise the integrity of the election," stated Nick Custodio, a deputy to Lisa Deeley, chair of the Philadelphia city commissioners who oversee the election process.
Strangely, nobody seems to know much about how the theft occurred, or even when it occurred. There are also no reported suspects, nor any further details as to how Philadelphia's voting machines will be impacted by the losses.
Meanwhile, Custodio is insistent that officials were quick to remotely disable the stolen laptop, preventing it from being used or accessed by the thieves. He also insists that the laptop "did not have any of our election material on it."