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    Uncounted Votes on Memory Card Flips Georgia Election for Candidate Nobody Knows

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    In a special election held in Cobb County, Georgia, Madelyn Orochena was declared the victor. Then, on November 16, Orochena got a call from Cobb Elections with some unexpected news.

    Uncounted ballots were discovered on a lost flash drive, a spokesperson informed Orochena.

    According to Orochena’s campaign, the official informed her that “your race outcome altered and Ms. Burnette came out ahead.”

    “[They] plan to re-certify the results Friday.”

    In fact, a “recertification” of the election took place after the extra ballots were added, naming Lynda Burnette, Orochena’s rival for a position on the Kennesaw City Council, as the victor.

    In a Friday update, the county stated that workers had discovered a memory card holding extra ballots.

    The county asserts that these results had not yet been included in the final count.

    Two memory cards containing a combined 789 votes were really discovered, said the Cobb County Courier.

    “I have been tracking city elections since 1972. Fifty years. I have never, never seen anything like this,” Councilman Pat Ferris said of the situation, according to the Courier.

    The Courier reported that Orochena was defeated by 31 votes, or 0.32 percent of the overall vote, after the memory card ballots were added.

    According to Georgia election law, every candidate who loses with less than 0.5 percent is eligible to a recount.

    On November 16, Orochena said on the Facebook page of her campaign that she would be requesting a recount.

    “I have formally requested a recount. I will be filing a formal complaint to the Secretary of State, and I am reaching out to legal [counsel],” Orochena stated in a Facebook post.

    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    According to Orochena, as far as she knows, the newly certified winner, Burnette, didn’t make many public appearances leading up to the election.

    “As for Ms. Burnette, I, nor any of the other candidates whom I’ve spoken to, know anything about her. She didn’t attend city council meetings. She listed no contact information in her qualifying papers,” Orochena wrote.

    “To my knowledge, she did not respond to any local media … [or] candidate questionnaires. She did not participate in the Q&A or the local meet and greet with the rest of the candidates. I am unaware of any campaign website or platform.” CONTINUE READING…

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