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Hensch writes: "Voting machines were reported stolen a day before Georgia's special congressional election, according to a new report."

Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff is seen with supporters outside of the East Roswell Branch Library in Roswell, Georgia, on the first day of early voting. (photo: Alex Sanz/AP)
Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff is seen with supporters outside of the East Roswell Branch Library in Roswell, Georgia, on the first day of early voting. (photo: Alex Sanz/AP)


Voting Machines Stolen Ahead of Georgia Special Election

By Mark Hensch, The Hill

18 April 17

 

oting machines were reported stolen a day before Georgia’s special congressional election, according to a new report.

The equipment was stolen last Saturday evening from a Cobb County precinct manager’s vehicle, WSB-TV said Monday. He did not immediately report the theft.

“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.”

WSB-TV said the four so-called ExpressPoll machines taken are computers poll workers use for checking in voters and checking off those who cast ballots.

Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler said information on the machines is “hard to access,” adding that they cannot be used to fraudulently vote in Tuesday’s election.

Eveler said Cobb County will replace the devices at its Piedmont Road precinct before voters cast their ballots.

Voters head to the polls Tuesday for a special election to fill the House seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Price, a Republican, won reelection in 2016 in the conservative district by more than 20 points before joining the administration.

Democrats are casting the race as a referendum on President Trump and his administration’s policies, with the party hoping to turn the reliably red Georgia district blue this year.

Georgia is holding an all-party special election in which any candidate can win the seat outright by receiving more than 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

If no candidate reaches that threshold, there will be a runoff between the top two finishers in June.

Jon Ossoff is the clear Democratic favorite in Georgia, with some experts believing Tuesday is his best chance at winning should voters fail to coalesce around one Republican in a crowded field.

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+12 # Saberoff 2017-04-18 18:35
I didn't see anything. Did you?
 
 
+11 # futhark 2017-04-18 19:24
According to Wikipedia Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp "...is an active small business owner today with companies involved in agribusiness, financial services, and real estate management and investment."

It will be a significant test of his character for him to pursue this case to resolution and work for the prosecution of the malefactors.
 
 
+35 # REDPILLED 2017-04-18 20:00
Elections, along with "democracy", are a sham in the U.S.

Anyone who still believes the official lies about democracy is living in a fantasy land.
 
 
+22 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-04-18 20:30
Stinks: someone’s planning a hack.
 
 
+26 # solartopia.org 2017-04-18 20:58
same old same old. yet another stolen election on its way.
 
 
+3 # Kiwikid 2017-04-18 23:58
Yep. That's just what DT said.
 
 
+18 # elizabethblock 2017-04-18 22:03
What's wrong with paper ballots? We use 'em in Canada, and we have free and fair elections.
 
 
+9 # Emmanuel Goldstein 2017-04-18 22:08
Republicans playing hardball, as usual.
 
 
+2 # vt143 2017-04-19 10:13
Home of the brave land of the free...NOT!
 
 
+6 # uuzul 2017-04-19 10:33
Oregon has one of the safest elections ever. MAIL-IN voting. Despite being a half red and half blue state, almost all our Reps and the two senators are Dems. Long-serving Dems. The PEOPLE in Oregon vote.
 
 
+3 # CL38 2017-04-19 22:47
GOP is at it ...again! Ossoff still got 48%. Live in fear Republicans--40 years of corruption soon to come home to roost!
 
 
0 # Skyelav 2017-04-20 18:38
Hey, where are the machines that were in my truck?
I don't know, do you? Does anyone?
Nope, not me.
Not me.
Maybe that guy, Johnson or something, Yeah, George Johnson, he took them He's from De Kalb.
I remember someone talking about that, something about getting the machines on Friday.
It was a repair or something, Remember?
Yeah, I think so.
Well, what should we do?
I don't know.
Just wait until they bring them back I guess....
 

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