A judge has ordered a primary election ‘re-do’ for two Republican state house candidates after a series of questions and a lawsuit arose over the integrity of the election.
The ruling was made this week, but incumbent State Representative Dan Gasaway lost his primary re-election back in May by 67 votes to challenger Chris Erwin. Gasaway early on claimed there were errors in voter data.
Gasaway’s lawsuit stated that Gasaway examined the voter rolls himself after the election and found that “cross-contamination” in his district’s voter information had led to at least 67 people voting in the wrong district.”
Laurel Ellison, who was listed as a co-defendant in the lawsuit as the elections supervisor for Habersham County, where most of the errors occurred, said at Tuesday’s hearing that some of the discrepancies had been caused by complications in the county’s redrawing of district lines in recent years.
Ellison said the county had determined that 70 people voted in the wrong district in May.
Mark Davis, president of Data Productions Inc., a voter-data consulting company that has previously worked for Gasaway’s campaign, testified Tuesday that he also found errors in Gasaway’s district but that such discrepancies “exist all over the state. It’s not anything unique to this district.”