Hours before Georgia’s special congressional election on Tuesday, several voting machines were reported stolen.
According to Channel 2 Action News, four ExpressPoll machines were stolen last Saturday from a Cobb County precinct manager’s vehicle, but he did immediately report the theft.
“It is unacceptable that the Cobb County Elections Office waited two days to notify my office of this theft,” Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp remarked 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.”
Action News said the machines stolen were computers that the poll workers use for checking in voters and keeping track of those who cast ballots.
Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler said whoever stole the equipment cannot easily access the information on it, adding that it’s doubtful any fraudulent votes will go through in Tuesday’s election.
The devices will be replaced before voters head to the polls on Tuesday. The special election will fill the House seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
Jon Ossoff leads the polls in the Democratic race, while there are several top contenders on the Republican side.
Experts have said Tuesday’s election is Ossoff’s best chance at winning if one Republican candidate is not chosen by conservative voters. President Trump tweeted about the election earlier this morning.
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