Cobb County: Georgia county extends deadline for 1,000 absentee ballots after “human error”



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A key Georgia county has extended the deadline to receive more than 1,036 absentee ballots until Nov. 14, nearly a week after Election Day.

Cobb County election officials did not mail ballots for at least two days in October after they say procedural errors were made when absentee ballots were requested but not created and mailed.

Cobb County, which includes much of Atlanta’s northern suburbs, is a densely populated area in northwest Georgia. The city’s northern outer suburbs have historically reported Republican, but many of those areas like parts of Cobb have gone Democratic in recent years.

The Nov. 14 deadline for this batch of more than 1,000 ballots is the same day Georgia’s military and overseas ballots are due, but absentee ballots still need to be cast by Election Day. Voters who did not receive an absentee ballot have the option of printing the federal text on absentee ballots used for overseas voters, Cobb County election attorney Daniel White said.

“It looked like the ballots were cast because they were marked as cast in the system, but the final step of actually running them into the machine was not done,” Cobb County elections director Janine Eveler told reporters Monday.

“So the ballots were never collected and sent. So it was completely human error,” said Eveler, adding that the election worker is “sick.”

A state judge approved the deadline change Monday.

Cobb County Elections officials said there are currently 276 potentially affected voters out of 1,036 absentee ballots that were not returned overnight with a ballot or did not vote initially. voting period CNN previously reported that more than 2.5 million votes have been cast in early voting in Georgia.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia and its national office and the Southern Poverty Law Center announced Sunday that they filed a lawsuit to give Cobb County absentee voters more time to receive and return the error discovered by Cobb election officials.

The Georgia Secretary of State says they plan to open an investigation with the State Board of Elections into this Cobb County absentee ballot incident.