TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Statement from Magaria H. Bobo, Circuit Clerk, Absentee Election Manager, Tuscaloosa County Issued 11/04/2020 In response to the reported missing ballots in the Tuscaloosa County Circuit Clerk’s/Absentee Election Managers Office: We have double hand counted the ballots and the number is what it was supposed to be according to the number of voted ballots turned back in. We have no ballots unaccounted for. It has been determined there was a mechanical issue with the machine that was used for the first two counts. The ballots will be hand fed into different machines beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020 to complete the count.
ORIGINAL: A problem with voting machines made it difficult to count some ballots during Tuesday night’s Tuscaloosa County elections.
That turned up another problem according to Williams Parks, an executive board member of the Tuscaloosa County Democratic Party.
“Right now, there’s about 800 ballots missing. Everyone is doing everything they can to find these ballots. But 800 ballots missing is a significant problem for 800 voters who aren’t going to have their voices heard,” said Parks.
Almost 13,000 envelopes with absentee ballots were turned in by Tuesday.
Tuscaloosa County Circuit Clerk Magaria Bobo, who oversees absentee voting in the county, says that problem is not related to claims made by the Tuscaloosa County Democratic Chair who feared some absentee votes wouldn’t be counted for several reasons.
“I mean, it’s not even related. I handle the absentee voting. The counting is done by absentee poll workers. It’s not even related, as far as the allegations made about the long lines, that I was suppressing votes. That’s totally not true. There’s just so many people trying to vote at the same time,” Bobo told WBRC.
“I’ve been here as they counted the envelopes they arrived in. Then you can count the number of ballots if they line up. Right now, they don’t,” Parks continued.
No absentee ballots were included in Tuesday night’s election results. Parks does not believe those missing absentee ballots would have changed any local election results.