Primaries held on the 22 of May in Georgia ended with a declared victor for State House in the 28th district by only a margin of 67 votes. Things soon dissolved into total confusion. The election was in May but even today there is no clear idea who the Republican State House candidate of the 28th district will be. It’s a brutal reminded that Georgia state elections are a mess.
The imbroglio has been unfortunately slow in making its way to the state court only after, in a stunning twist of events, the wife of losing incumbent Republican Dan Gasaway discovered a major mistake by election administrators. The number of voters who lost access to a fair vote has been determined and a resulting court hearing on 12 September raised the possibility of a re-run of the primaries.
The mismanaged Georgia election system appeared to have raised its head again. For more information on this controversy, Ballot Access News has a concise presentation of the problem with elections in Georgia picking up on this story from CNN:
“Election security observers and activists in Georgia say the situation in Gasaway’s district adds to growing concerns about the integrity of the state’s voting system and spotlights the way discrepancies in voter data can potentially affect election results. The secretary of state’s office says Georgia’s voting system remains secure ahead of November’s midterm elections.”
Here is a short four minute video report by CNN’s Drew Griffin on the subject: