Georgia state officials are investigating the theft of four critical voting machines that were stolen just days before polls will open for a hotly-contested special election to fill the vacant seat of Trump’s Health secretary Tom Price, reports WSBTV.
The equipment was stolen last Saturday evening from a Cobb County precinct manager’s vehicle. WSBTV reports that the manager did not immediately report the theft. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office said Cobb County Elections waited two days to tell his office about the theft of the machines.
“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.”
The four so-called ExpressPoll machines are the computers poll workers used to check-in voters, and check those off who cast ballots, reports Action News.
Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler said the stolen machines cannot be used to fraudulently vote in Tuesday’s election although they do have voter information on them. That information is “hard to access,” she added.
Eveler promised that the stolen machines will be replaced at the Piedmont Road precinct.
“It should be as secure as the banks, or anywhere else with our information,” another voter said.
The Hill adds:
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.