The headline about voter fraud in Georgia's recent primary election caught our attention. So much so, that I sent a text about it to the Secretary of State, Brian Kemp. He responded that it "was a county error" and that "The results I certified are correct!"
As a follow-up , we received this from the Georgia Secretary of State's Office:
"The folks at McClatchy popped out a story from Washington focusing on how Habersham County’s Mud Creek precinct had 276 registered voters ahead of the state’s primary vote but had 670 ballots cast.
Which would be alarming, if accurate. Our AJC colleague Mark Niesse reports that it’s not. From Niesse, who covers voting issues:
The allegation that there were 670 ballots in a precinct with 276 voters is incorrect.There were 670 Republican ballots cast out of 3,941 registered voters in the Mud Creek precinct in Habersham County on May 22, according to state data.
Voting rights advocate Marilyn Marks responded on Twitter that other documents offered different figures, which were then adjusted. In part:
“Perhaps those numbers are correct. Who knows? That is our point---the numbers coming out of the voting system poll books are messed up!”
This may well be true. But an honest typo or input mistake isn’t a reason to hyperventilate.
Beyond that, look at the implication of the corrected information. Habersham is a thoroughly Republican county, and a hard-fought race for governor produced a primary turnout of just 17 percent."
Finally, Kemp said in his text to me: "The issue has since been resolved."