Georgia Midterms: 1,800 Voting Machines Sat In Storage In 3 Primarily Democratic Counties On Election Day
As Stacey Abrams holds tight to a vote increase in Georgia’s gubernatorial race, more stories of voter suppression continue to permeate the false narrative that all voters are treated equal.
According to The Washington Post, over 1,800 machines sat idly in storage during Tuesday’s election. The machines would have been used in three primarily Democratic counties, including Fulton County, which expected a high voter turnout.
The Post reports that the machines were sidelined due to a lawsuit that alleged they may have been exposed to hacking in 2016. Judges in the case had informed state officials to determine the need for machines based on voter demand.
Previous complaints included long lines and defunct machines.
The news did nothing but ignite fire under the harsh truth that thousands of voters were underserved in the state’s election. Undermined by state officials who dodged allegations of thwarting the election in their name.
On Wednesday, Abrams’ Republican opponent, Brian Kemp claimed the victory in the election even after Abrams refused to concede in a stirring speech on Tuesday after the election.
Kemp stepped down from his post as Secretary of State amid concerns regarding conflict of interest as his office oversaw the same election he participated as a candidate in.
Abrams is steadfast that the number of uncounted absentee votes and provisional ballots will give her a boost to remain in the race for a run off.
“We believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within reach,” Abrams said to supporters on Wednesday. “We cannot seize it, however, until all voices are heard. And we are going to make sure that every vote is counted — because in a civilized nation, the machinery of democracy should work everywhere for everyone.”
As of Wednesday, Kemp has secured 50.3 percent, while Abrams’s 48.7 percent is 25,000 votes away from brining the share to a 50/50 split. Kemp’s office reports that only 3,000 ballots remain to be counted and a total of 22,000 provisional ballots have been cast, maintaining that Abrams does not have the number of votes needed to trigger a run off.
However, according to Abrams’ camp, there are over 100,000 that have yet to be counted.