In addition to being a swing state and producing questionable results in national elections, Georgia has a history of memory card issues during elections.
Back in 2021, The Gateway Pundit reported about Dekalb County, Georgia having issues with memory cards associated with their voting machines. Floyd County had “found” about 2600 votes which were written off as a failure to upload cards to the machine, but the state’s voting system manager, Gabriel Sterling, said, “it’s not an equipment issue. It’s a person not executing their job properly. This is the kind of situation that requires a change at the top of their management side.”
Ironically, the same “missing memory card” excuse has happened in several other locations during that election, and in the 2022 primary election in Georgia as well.
The outlet reported that in January 2021 DeKalb county, Georgia, issued a statement that said, “Due to technical issues, the remaining 19,000 ballots must be manually scanned in order to be tabulated and added to the total vote count. Georgia’s voting system provides built-in safeguards, in the form of paper ballots that allow us to quickly process ballots that are electronically cast. These outstanding paper ballots are currently being scanned and the tabulation will be completed as quickly as possible and in compliance with state guidelines.”
The election manager was fired, and a county statement read, “it has come to our attention that a DeKalb VRE manager, who is now a former employee, failed to follow our established protocols and blatantly disregarded the required processes we utilize to account for and record all legal and verified ballots.”
Definitely human error. In the blue county during the 2020 presidential election, observer @DavidShafer tweeted:
“One of our monitors discovered a 9,626 vote error in the DeKalb County hand count. One batch was labeled 10,707 for Biden and 13 for Trump – and improbable margin even by Dekalb standards. The actual count for the batch was 1,081 for Biden and 13 for Trump.”
Twitter lit up at the time with remarks like, “Scan em till you win em is Georgia’s motto”
It seems that the 2022 November election is another chapter in the story of Georgia’s mishandled elections.
Now uncounted votes stored on a memory card have flipped a City Council election in Cobb County, Georgia regarding the Kennesaw City Council race. The memory card that was found contained 789 uncounted votes from the Kennesaw 3A precinct, Fox News reported. That gave Lynette Burnette the needed votes to defeat Orochena by 31 votes.
Madelyn Orochena had originally announced her win on social media when she saw the voting results were in. After she was informed about the lost votes that changed the election results, she posted “This is shameful…And our faith in our governing bodies continues to fail.”
In response to the election race being flipped Orochena told Fox News “I was really shocked. I had a lot of questions,”.
In an official statement, Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler stated, “Unfortunately, once found we did upload it, and it changed the outcome of the Kennesaw City Council race.”
Cobb Election officials said the memory card was found on the Kennesaw area while election workers were preparing for a risk-limiting audit. The results attributed to the card have since been sent to Georgia’s Secretary of State’s office, election leaders said, Gateway Pundit reports.
On Friday, a special meeting was called to recertify the election. Despite Orochena’s request, Cobb County election officials will not conduct a recount of the election results due to the race being decided by 31 votes, which in this county is enough votes to declare a winner.
Cobb County Courier stated:
“Since there wasn’t a requirement to receive a particular percentage of the vote, the win goes to the candidate who receives the most. The updated results indicate Burnette received 1,756 votes to Orochena’s 1,725.”
“We immensely regret this error,” election officials stated.
There has been no question that the memory card found was authentic, and the votes on the card are votes that were cast, which leaves the question, where was the card while the election was being called, and why wasn’t it missed by those calling the election? Is there not a procedure to check off votes as they come in so that everyone knows all the votes are accounted for?
Recount! Cobb County election officials say the discovery of a memory card with uncounted votes changed the outcome of the Kennesaw City Council race. The candidate who initially won, then came in 2nd, demanded a recount. @FOX5Atlanta pic.twitter.com/sZ27bpy29l
— denisedillon (@DillonFox5) November 19, 2022
In the light of Georgia’s continued problems in keeping order in their elections, it is worth mentioning the insight of one commentator at the Tiger Illustrated:
“In the military, if a junior officer or NCO fails to ‘execute their job properly’, you could potentially chalk it up as a mistake. If more than two have the same failure, there is perhaps a top down leadership issue. If it happens consistently, year after year after year, its time to scratch the entire system and call into question any results derived form that system.”
Perhaps Georgia needs to take a page from the military.