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BREAKING: Georgia Hand Count Changes Election Results!


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An election worker sorts vote-by-mail ballots for Washington state's presidential primary on March 10 in Renton, a suburb of Seattle.

Massive news has just surfaced from the Peach State.

Multiple outlets have reported that a recount of the Dekalb County District Commission race shows major differences between the hand count and the machine count.

After the Dekalb County’s District 2 Commission Race had some reported machine malfunctions a hand-count was demanded immediately.

DeKalb VRE Executive Director Keisha Smith then reportedly sprung into action and issued hand recount tabulations that ultimately changed the election results.

The hand recount reportedly increased candidate Michelle Long Spears Spears’ votes by 3,620, Candidate Marshal Orson’s total decreased by 1,298, and candidate Lauren Alexander’s total increased by 355.

The runoff will now have Lauren Alexander and Michelle Long Spears competing in a runoff whereas the machine vote originally had Orson and Alexander squaring off.

The Georgia Record had more on the breaking story:

Dekalb County, GA undertook a hand recount in the District 2 County Commission race after questions were raised over equipment ‘malfunctions’.

DeKalb VRE Executive Director Keisha Smith issued a press release to distribute the recount tabulation which changed the results and the runoff participants.

The press release does not explain the large discrepancy between the machine count on Election Night and the subsequent hand count. It also doesn’t explain the appearance of 2,810 more votes cast than were initially reported, reported Decaturish.

“This is my first time experiencing an election as a candidate. Like I’m sure many other people are, I am surprised by the significant change in the reported totals from the hand count in comparison towhat had previously been published by DeKalb Elections…I am continuing to monitor the situation and will await further news about this election. It remains important to me that every vote is counted with accuracy and reflects the voters will. Due to the limited time between now and the runoff election date, I need to continue to be prepared for the runoff as we await certification, I continue to support full transparency about this election and the ensuing tabulation of results,” said Lauren Alexander.

Decaturish broke the story and dropped these details:

The DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Office on June 1 released the results of a hand count in the District 2 DeKalb County Commission race.

The results should be considered preliminary.

In a press release, DeKalb VRE Executive Director Keisha Smith said she felt the hand count produced an accurate result.

“The goal of the hand count was to obtain accurate results of the County Commission District 2 race, and I am confident we have achieved that objective thanks largely in part to the diligence of our staff who worked extended hours across the holiday weekend,” Smith said. We are committed to getting these tabulations right, but wanted to ensure that preliminary and unofficial results were posted as soon as practicable.”

The press release does not explain the large discrepancy between the machine count on Election Night and the subsequent hand count. It also doesn’t explain the appearance of 2,810 more votes cast than were initially reported. Spears’ total increased by 3,620. Orson’s total decreased by 1,298. Alexander’s total increased by 355.

Spears said she is turning her attention to the runoff.



 

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