The instances now being investigated by the state all involve voters who said the machines initially switched their votes from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to Republican hopeful Donald Trump. All indicated, however, that they were able to correct the problem and properly record their votes. While isolated problems are bound to happen in every election, the problems this fall are coming during a time of heightened rhetoric over Trump’s claim of a “rigged” election and national concern over the security of the nation’s voting system.
The Georgia NAACP said last week it had also heard of isolated, unconfirmed issues in a handful of counties including Putnam, where state officials sent an investigator who could not replicate the problem. The state is looking into whether local election officials in Putnam properly tested their machines.
Dove — whose boss, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, is a Republican — said the state views the issue as nonpartisan and is committed to making sure every vote cast is accurate. The office’s top priority, he said, was “to ensure secure, accessible, and fair elections in Georgia.”
“Voters should trust the local elections officials and their county elections boards, which are made up of Democrats and Republicans,” Dove said. “When they call our office reporting these issues,” he added, the reports are treated as “real and not politics”
In the meantime, state officials are encouraging voters to double-check their choices on the summary screen of the machines they vote on to make sure everything is correct before they officially cast their ballot. If voters have any questions or concerns while voting, they are encouraged to speak up and ask poll workers for help.
Early voting continues through Friday, the state’s deadline for early ballots. Polls will be closed through the weekend and Monday. They re-open 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Election Day.