Tuesday marks a monumental day as Republicans and Democrats battle over Georgia’s Sixth District, but there is also a battle between the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office and a county Board of Elections that waited two days before reporting the theft of a stolen voting machines.
The Hill reports that machines were reported stolen a day before Georgia’s special congressional election after going missing from a precinct manager’s car on Saturday night. The manager did not report the theft until Monday.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp was not pleased. “It is unacceptable that the Cobb County Elections Office waited two days to notify my office of this theft,” Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in a statement. “We have opened an investigation, and we are taking steps to ensure that it has no effect on the election tomorrow. I am confident that the results will not be compromised.”
Reportedly, the ExpressPoll machines taken are part of a computer system used to check in voters and check off those who already cast ballots – not machines to actually used to vote.
The devices have been replaced for Tuesday’s election, specifically at the Cobb County precinct, but an investigation is ongoing.