As voters in Georgia reported problems relating to long lines at polling places across the state on Tuesday, hundreds of functioning electronic voting machines that could have been utilized to ease the long waits were kept in warehouses, far away from the precincts where they were sorely needed.
According to reporting from Brook Binkowski, Managing Editor at the website Truth or Fiction, these voting machines were locked away in various warehouses, some still wrapped up, and could have been placed in several voting locations but weren’t due to a lawsuit alleging the potential of machines to be hacked by outside actors.
Republican Brian Kemp, who was Secretary of State at the time of the election, was a litigant on that lawsuit. As Secretary of State, Kemp was directly in charge of overseeing the election he himself was involved in, a noticeable conflict of interest according to many in the state.
Kemp, for example, suggested just days before his election contest with Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams that she or other Democratic Party members might have hacked or tampered with the voting, without providing evidence to suggest as much.
Officials in Fulton, Cobb, and DeKalb Counties refused to use the additional voting machines, citing the lawsuit brought about by Kemp. However, the lawsuit never made any such requirement banning those counties from using the additional machines. Some have questioned whether Kemp himself gave orders to restrict those machines from being used, and officials have not been forthcoming when asked questions about it.
Reports of missing power cords, broken voting machines, and other technical problems, resulting in long lines across the state, were noted on and after election day. Previous reporting from Hill Reporter also noted how voting wards in a predominantly black area in the state had to wait four hours before the first ballot could be cast on Tuesday.
Kemp stepped down from his position as Secretary of State, declaring himself the winner of the election, according to ABC News. But challenges to the assertion that he won are being made, and votes are still being tallied at this time in the state.
Kemp currently has 50.3 percent of the total vote in the state. If that total dips below 50 percent as more votes are found, it would mean a runoff election would be needed between he and Abrams next month.
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