On Saturday, just a few days before Tuesday’s highly anticipated special election to fill an open congressional seat, election equipment used to check in voters at the polls was stolen in Cobb County, Georgia.
“On the evening of April 15th, voting equipment used for voter check-in for one Cobb County precinct for the April 18 Special Election was stolen from a poll manager’s vehicle,” the Cobb County Board of Elections said in a statement. “The Cobb County Board of Elections is working with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office to address this serious matter. Cobb County Police is investigating the theft.”
Although the units were stolen on Saturday, the Georgia secretary of state’s office says the Cobb County Board of Elections did not notify it until two days later. The secretary of state’s office has reconfigured the coding to make the stolen units unusable, according to spokeswoman Candice Boce.
“It is unacceptable that the Cobb County Elections Office waited two days to notify my office of this theft,” 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. I am confident that the results will not be compromised.”
Pam Burel, the administrative supervisor at the Cobb County Board of Elections, told TPM that the board was unable to comment further while there is an open investigation. Read full story here