Issues with software led to a delay in counting absentee ballots for Tuesday’s primary election, reports the Floyd County Elections Office. Updated results may be obtained online via the Georgia Secretary of State’s website, which is www.sos.ga.gov.
Floyd County Commission Chairman Scotty Hancock wrote a letter to Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Secretary of State, regarding some comments that the latter had made that were published Wednesday in the Rome News-Tribune. Raffensperger attributed the statewide elections issues to lack of training and poor planning on the part of county elections officials.
In his letter, Hancock responded, “Our issues came on the day of the election when trying to scan our absentee ballots. We were informed by the company’s representative that the Dominion machine which was provided by your office was not configured correctly to process the approximately 12,000 absentee ballots that were submitted in Floyd County. Yes, we did have hiccups early in the day,but those problems were corrected. And, unlike other counties who had to extend their hours because of problems at the polls, we did not have to extend our times.”
Based on numbers that were published overnight via the Secretary of State’s website, the race for Floyd County’s next Sheriff is now headed for a run-off. Dave Roberson led the race with 48 percent of the vote. Any candidate must lead by more than 50 percent in order to avoid a run-off. The run-off election is slated for August 11th. Roberson will face Tom Caldwell, who received 34 percent of Tuesday’s vote.