The Secretary of State's website reported updated numbers on its website for DeKalb at 6:54 p.m. Tuesday.
In an emailed elections summary, DeKalb reported 313,643 ballots cast in the midterm election, a turnout rate of about 63.4 percent.
DeKalb officials rejected 1,375 of the 3,147 provisional ballots cast, Cauthen reported in an email late Tuesday. Most were thrown out because voters were registered in a different county or weren’t registered at all, he said.
Prior to the board’s afternoon meeting, county election officials recounted 19,000 absentee ballots early Tuesday morning. The recount, which began at 8:30 a.m., lasted until 2:30 p.m., two hours after they had hoped to finish.
About 30 voters attending the board’s open-shut certification meeting. Some questioned why absentee ballots needed to be recounted and how to ensure their provisional ballots were counted during the public comment portion of the meeting.
One voter, Emily Johnson, said she filed a complaint with the elections board about inaccessibility issues and alleged mistreatment by DeKalb election board chairman Samuel Tillman when she was early voting. Johnson said she suffers from medical issues that affect her joints and ability to stand.
Johnson said she stood at least 30 minutes at the DeKalb Elections Office on Memorial Drive on Nov. 2 when her legs began to give out. Johnson said she requested a wheelchair and was told there were only two available at the time. She eventually received a wheelchair to use while voting, but said difficulties arose when she wanted to file a complaint.
Johnson alleged Tillman screamed at her twice when she asked about filing a complaint, accused her of not having a disability and attempted to prevent her from filing a complaint against him and the board.
Tillman, who responded through a county spokesman, said he hadn’t seen the complaint and therefore, could not comment on the allegations.
Johnson's complaint is part of a myriad of issues voters said they experienced this midterm election season, most of which centered on absentee ballots.
Several voters complained of not receiving requested absentee ballots, receiving them late or being told they had already voted. Two weeks before Election Day the state Democratic party alleged that 4,700 voters in the county had not received requested absentee ballots. At the time, state and county officials said there was no evidence of missing or lost ballot requests.
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