A judge said he will order a Georgia Legislature district to redo a primary election between two Republicans because errors in voter data called the results into question. The announcement came in response to a lawsuit filed by state Rep. Dan Gasaway that challenged the legitimacy of the election he lost by 67 votes to businessman Chris Erwin in May. Following his loss, Gasaway personally examined voter rolls and determined that “cross-contamination” in his district’s voter information had led to at least 67 people voting in the wrong district, according to his lawsuit.
At a hearing for the case Tuesday in Northeast Georgia’s Banks County, Judge David Sweat said it was unclear who the misallocated residents would have voted for, therefore a new election was required. “The court’s real concern is that people have confidence in our elections,” Sweat said.
Gasaway told CNN he felt vindicated by the judge’s decision and he plans to start campaigning all over again. “We’ve worked on this for a very long time. It’s important for voters to know that their votes matter,” he said.
The judge did not stipulate at Tuesday’s hearing when the repeat election would occur.