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Officials Investigating Theft of Voting Machines In Cobb County

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2014 file photo, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announces a March 6, 2012 date, as Georgia's 2012 presidential primary at a news conference in Atlanta. On the gridiron, it takes a team to win, and some elected officials around the South are looking to band together rather than brawl over the 2016 presidential primaries. Kemp is among those pushing a regional March 1, 2016 contest known as the “SEC Primary,” named after the Southeastern Conference and would include such Southern states as Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi and possibly Alabama and Louisiana as well. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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On a day when Georgia is taking part in a special election that has national implications, news of voting equipment being stolen is likely the last thing most want to hear.

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But Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp found out about just that two days after equipment was stolen from a car in Cobb County and issued a statement saying that was “unacceptable.”

The machines, taken Saturday, were supposed to be used to check-in voters for Tuesday’s highly-watched 6th district special election.

But Kemp spokeswoman Candice Broce said the apparent theft will not result in any voter fraud.

“We’ve put safeguards in place and re-coded our internal mechanisms so that if they do show up they cannot be used,” she said.

Cobb County is within the Congressional district at play in Tuesday’s election to fill the seat held by Tom Price, who resigned to become President Donald Trump’s health secretary.

But registered Cobb County voters should be on the lookout beyond today’s election.

“Watch for any signs of identity theft, be looking to see if people are accessing your credit report and just generally do the things that as a security professional I hope they’re doing on a regular basis anyway,” said Martin Fisher, an Atlanta-based IT security manager.

Cobb County police are investigating the theft.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.