Thomas County Elections Office experiences technical difficulty

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 24, 2018

THOMAS COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Thomas County Elections Office hit a rough patch during the Tuesday Primary.

The Elections Supervisor says once doors close, they collect memory cards containing votes from every precinct. But halfway though downloading the votes, their equipment froze and stopped working.

That resulted in a call to the Secretary of State, which led to their plan B- a backup unit. The process put them back nearly two hours, but they eventually finished around midnight.

"You don't expect these kinds of problems, but in the event you do, we have a plan B and that's exactly what we did. We do provide redundancy, so we're not going to be unhampered by that," said Elections Supervisor Frank Scoggins.

Because there's no way to expect it, there's also no way to prevent it. All they can do is be prepared if it were to happen again.

The Elections Office stacked all the machines from every precinct. Each one is sealed and stored away until the runoff election, where they'll do this process all over again.

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