We discovered earlier last month that voting machines can do unexpected actions.
The results of the Democratic primary in a Georgia county were contested after a manual count revealed that the machines were thousands of votes wrong.
Marshall Orson, a Democratic candidate for DeKalb County Commission, requested that the local elections board delay certifying the race’s results due to “numerous issues” (Kind of sounds like what Trump asked for after the 2020 election).
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said that Orson requested a formal recount and “independent review” of the election.
Orson argued, “There is no rational basis for believing that there are not continuing issues with the results and the results should not be certified with the continuing existence of multiple substantive issues and concerns. Doing so would constitute a significant threat not only to the public’s trust in the overall election results from this contest, but also to the whole primary and general elections.”
Initial Democratic primary results indicated that Orson had won the District 2 commission seat, with Lauren Alexander coming in second and Michelle Long Spears coming in third. That would have put Orson and Alexander in a runoff election.
Spears recognized after the election that she did not receive any votes in the majority of precincts.
In late April, the office of the secretary of state acknowledged committing multiple programming problems during the ballot counting process.
There were attempts to rescan ballots in the district, but in the end, a manual count was conducted, which concluded at midnight on Memorial Day.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Results from the hand count were revealed, with former last-place candidate Spears now in the lead and headed to a runoff against Alexander on June 21. Orson, who was once in first place, fell out of the running to third place.
Approximately 2,600 votes were added to Spears’ vote total, while Alexander gained a few hundred points, according to the Journal-Constitution. Meanwhile, Orson lost approximately 1,600 votes from the initial count.
Shocking. Voting machines screwed up and the results of a race had to be corrected by humans. Read more…