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Georgia Secretary of State’s Office has debunked another voter conspiracy theory that recently circulated on social media.

There is no truth to allegations that voting machines in Ware County were seized or that they somehow revealed tampering, according to a press release issued Monday.

“This is another of the falsehoods being pedaled by conspiracy advocates trying to convince the gullible of why the presidential election didn’t turnout as they’d hoped,” said Walter Jones, the office's communications manager for voter education and a conservative former journalist.

A statewide hand recount, as part of a post-election audit, resulted in a difference of 37 additional votes for the president in Ware County. That totals 0.26 percent, well below the average 1-2 percent variation demonstrated by academic research when comparing the accuracy of manual counts compared to machine counts because of normal human error.

“No voting machines have been seized. No one has unearthed evidence of ‘vote flipping’ because it didn’t happen. And no one has discovered some secret algorithm for altering the election outcome because that’s nonsense,” Jones stated.

This small vote change is evidence of humans being less precise than machines at counting, and nothing more. To allege that it somehow proves the machines flipped votes is irresponsible and reckless, Jones said.

The results of the hand recount statewide would have showed a consistent variation similar to the one in Ware County if there really had been a secret algorithm. Instead, the hand recount showed the machine totals substantially reflected the plain text printed on the ballots.

The Ware County Elections Supervisor Carlos Nelson rejected the conspiracy theory as instead a “human-error tabulation issue.” 

“I can tell you this is —I don’t want to cuss — this is a darned lie. Our vote machines are secure. There’s no vote-flips,” he told Politico on Monday.

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