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Georgia Probes Stolen Voting Machines Before Election

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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (AP Photo/John Amis)

By    |   Monday, 17 Apr 2017 10:09 PM

Four voting machines were stolen over the weekend, and reported to the Georgia secretary of state Monday – a day before Georgia's special congressional election, according to a local TV report.

The ExpressPoll machines used by poll workers to check voters in, and check off those who cast ballots, were stolen last Saturday from a Cobb County precinct manager's vehicle, WSB-TV 2 Atlanta reported.

"It is unacceptable that the Cobb County Elections Office waited two days to notify my office of this theft," Georgia's Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in a statement to the station.

"We have opened an investigation, and we are taking steps to ensure that it has no effect on the election tomorrow. I am confident that the results will not be compromised."

Information on the machines is "hard to access," and cannot be used to fraudulently vote in Tuesday's election, Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler told the media outlet.

She said the county would replace the devices before Tuesday, when voters head to polls for a special election to fill the House seat in a conservative Georgia district vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, R-Ga.

In the state's all-party special election, any candidate can win the seat outright by receiving more than 50 percent of the vote. If no candidate reaches that threshold, there will be a runoff between the top two finishers in June.

A new poll suggests Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff will likely be in a runoff against one of five Republicans vying for the nomination.

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Four voting machines were stolen over the weekend, and reported to the Georgia secretary of state Monday – a day before Georgia's special congressional election, according to a local TV report.
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