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Activists Cite Tabulation Flaw in Georgia Mail-In Ballots


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Voters cast ballots in Georgia's primary election on June 9.

Election officials and voting integrity activists say faulty software or poorly calibrated vote-tabulation scanners used to count mailed-in ballots in last weeks Georgia primary may have prevented thousands of votes from being counted.

Credit: Associated Press

Election officials and activists report that thousands of votes in Georgia's primary may not have been counted, due to faulty software or poorly calibrated vote-tabulation scanners used to count mailed ballots.

The issue was reported in at least four counties, where post-election reviews detected unregistered votes.

Activists have sued the state for alleged election mismanagement.

Georgia Institute of Technology computer scientist Richard DeMillo says the issue likely is systemic, given that identical scanners and software were used to count all absentee ballots statewide.

In-person voting also faced issues, with equipment problems, poll workers unfamiliar with a new voting system, and social distancing measures forcing voters at some polling places to wait as long as five hours to cast ballots.

From Associated Press
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