2018-08-09 10:58:44 UTC
northeastern Georgia precinct during the state's primary elections in May.
According to official numbers from the Georgia Secretary of State, 670 votes
were cast in Habersham County's Mud Creek precinct, where there were only
276 registered voters, says a report from McClatchy DC. Impossibly, this
means the precinct saw a 243% voter turnout.
In a bizarre turn of events, the number of registered voters changed from
276 to 3,704 on the secretary of state's website on Tuesday morning.
Questions of electronic malfunction, outside tampering, and voter fraud -
particularly in light of a pending investigation into alleged voter fraud
during the Atlanta mayoral election runoff in December - linger over the
"The odd turnout figures last Friday were filed as part of a federal lawsuit
against the state by election security activists that included a number of
sworn statements and exhibits from activists and voters who experienced a
series of bizarre and confusing issues at the state's polling places,"
One voter, for example, claimed in a sworn statement that she and her
husband were assigned differing polling locations despite registering to
vote at the same address. In another instance, someone claimed their voting
machine froze while attempting to cast their ballot. Others said they showed
up at the correct polling place per the SOS website, only to be directed to
a differing location.
Additionally, it's important to note that Georgia is one of only a handful
of states which rely on electronic voting machines, negating a paper trail
to be audited. In fact, a federal judge is currently considering whether the
state should switch to paper ballots come November, reported the Atlanta
Journal Constitution on Wednesday.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is claiming the security of his state
elections is secure. "Alongside federal, local, and private sector partners,
we continue to fight every day to ensure secure and accurate elections in
Georgia that are free from interference. To this day, due to the vigilance,
dedication, and hard work of those partners, our elections system and voting
equipment remain secure," said SOS spokeswoman Candice Broce via email.