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State server does a disservice to local elections office on night of primary

Screven County’s Primary Election May 20 was off to a rocky start after the state server in the Probate Court’s newly established elections office crashed shortly after polls closed. The staff was forced to go to Jenkins County to tabulate and upload the votes from there.
The county overwhelmingly favored J.H. Kingston for the Republican nominee U.S. Senate spot with 519 votes. David A. Perdue in the same race received only 66 total votes from Screven Countians. The state, however, voted the majority in favor of Perdue 181,427 (30.56 percent) to Kingston’s 154,104 (25.96 percent).
Kingston and Perdue will face off again for the GOP nomination in the Senate during the July 22 runoff election. Either other those men will face Democratic Party nominee Michelle Nunn, who took in 222,834 (75.33 percent) state-wide votes. Nunn was also the favored candidate for Screven taking home 245 votes compared to second-place finisher Todd A. Robinson with 38.
R.W. “Rick” Allen received 378 ballots from Screven County voters, and state-wide took 25,007 (53.99 percent) ballots, meaning Allen has been selected to face Democratic Party incumbent John J. Barrow for the District 12 U.S. Representative spot in November’s general election.
The state’s superintendent race had nine candidates on the GOP side and six candidates on the Democrat side. Georgia favored Republicans Michael L.  “Mike” Buck and Richard L. Woods and Democrats Valarie D. Wilson and Alisha Thomas Morgan; those four will be entered in a run-off election June 22 as none came close to more than 50 percent of the vote count.
Only 13.78 percent – 1,054 of 7,650 registered voters – of the county turned out to vote in this primary election. Georgia’s total turnout was only slightly better at 18.67 percent with 941,306 total ballots cast.
There were no close races as all of the county’s candidates ran unopposed in their districts. The only deviation in voting came in the Board of Education District 7 race where Whitney L. Myers received 85 votes and there were 14 write-in votes opposing him.
Probate Court staff uploaded results to the Secretary of State Office past midnight, finalizing their numbers at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday morning. The staff still has to count provincial ballots and receive one military absentee ballot.
Problems with the computers and the election staff at the Bay Branch polling location were the main delays.
Probate Court Judge Debbie Brown said this is the first time since 1985, her entire career with elections, the county has had to count the votes somewhere other than Screven County. What could go wrong went wrong, she said.