Many Georgians who went to the polls encountered broken machines and long lines due to machine shortages.
It seems the chaos could have been prevented because 700 voting machines were discovered collecting dust in a Fulton County warehouse Wednesday, according to WSB-TV. The devices were allegedly packed away due to a pending lawsuit regarding paper ballots.
Election officials in the county, which includes Atlanta, utilized around 2,000 machines for voting Tuesday. The county only had 40 spare machines at the ready in case of malfunctions. The 2,000 proved not to be quite enough to meet demand.
Yes...long lines at Metro Atlanta polling places are due to high turnout...and long ballot.— Aaron Diamant (@AaronDiamantWSB) November 6, 2018
BUT FULTON COUNTY is using FEWER VOTING MACHINES...
700 remain sequestered due to pending paper ballot lawsuit.
Only about 2,000 in use. County is down to 40 spares. #ElectionOn2 pic.twitter.com/8nfN4Udg55
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has refused to concede as the voting count continues. Georgia has a law that triggers a runoff if the margin of victory in a gubernatorial race isn't greater than 1 percent. Despite Abrams' caution, GOP candidate Brian Kemp is already running his victory lap.
Cody Hall, Kemp’s press secretary, issued the following statement:
"Brian Kemp earned nearly 2 million votes on Tuesday, by far the most of any gubernatorial candidate in our state's history.
Absentee ballots are counted, and Kemp leads his opponent by 64,000 votes. Based on counts released by the secretary of state's office, Brian Kemp's margin is so large that the number of provisional ballots and overseas ballots will not change his Election Day victory. Simply put, it is mathematically impossible for Stacey Abrams to win or force a runoff election.
Peach State voters made a clear decision at the ballot box. Brian Kemp will now begin his transition as governor-elect of Georgia. He will work every day to keep our state moving in the right direction."
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