Georgia county mailing over 1,000 absentee ballots three days before midterm elections

Supervisor reportedly did not "verify that all ballots were created."

Published: November 5, 2022 2:58pm

Updated: November 5, 2022 3:10pm

A major Georgia county is scrambling to dispatch hundreds and hundreds of absentee ballots just three days before the 2022 midterm elections, the result of what one official said was clerical error in the county elections office. 

Cobb County, Ga., mailed out "over 1,000 absentee ballots" on Saturday morning, CNN reports, due to a staffer's forgetting to add ballot requests to a mailing machine. 

The news network said Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt told Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration members that the county's absentee supervisor "failed to upload the daily file of accepted ballots into the mailing machine or to have staff manually stuff the envelopes."

“It appears that she did not employ any process to check outgoing ballots against the daily accepted reports to verify that all ballots were created," Cavitt told the board. 

Cobb County Elections and Registrations Director Janine Eveler said in the letter that she was "so sorry that this office let these voters down," according to CNN.

The prior absentee supervisor "left some procedures, but it appears the new supervisor did not reference them or keep them updated when new methods, such as the mailing machine, were established," Eveler wrote in the letter. 

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