Anti-Trump sentiment nationwide has given people a renewed sense of the importance of voting, especially in local elections. People who may not have previously understood, respected, and/or appreciated voting, have now been reminded that every vote matters and not voting lends itself to what often feels like live during the Jim Crow era.
In one of the biggest tests of people’s understanding of the importance of voting since Trump’s Electoral College win, residents of Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District went to the polls Tuesday to decide who will take the seat once occupied by Tom Price. The election is huge; the two candidates who get the most votes out of the pool of a whopping 18 candidates, will move on the a runoff election on June 20th.
There is a catch, however. If one candidate emerges as the clear favorite and grabs at least 50% of the vote, there will not be a runoff. Stakes and emotions are at a fever-pitch.
The top two candidates in this heated election are Democratic film-maker Jon Ossoff and Republican businessman, Bob Gray. It is said that Ossoff has out fund-raised his opponents and his chances of winning are quite strong.
It is Ossoff’s chance of winning that has those saying the latest reports of voting machines having been stolen, feeling like the election was rigged. While initial reports are politically correct and state that while “shocking,” no one knows anything or has any idea as to who took the machines, social media users strongly feel otherwise:
Steal his signs, voter information, 45 can tweet and even mess with voter machines, but you can’t stop the peaceful revolution! #FlipThe6th
— LiberalLecter❄️ (@LiberalLecter) April 18, 2017
@TheRickyDavila Put him in jail but don’t forget the people that stole the voting machines & the guy that didn’t announce it for 2 days. The GOP is corrupt.
— Sandy Winter (@grammysandypdx) April 18, 2017
Ironically, reports of the voting machines was announced on Tuesday, but the machines are said to have been stolen days before. According to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the machines were taken from a vehicle parked at a grocery store.
About the theft, Kemp said:
‘It is unacceptable that the Cobb County Elections Office waited two days to notify my office of this theft. We have opened an investigation, and we are taking steps to ensure that it has no effect on the election tomorrow. I am confident that the results will not be compromised.’
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