Every single damn one (boldface mine):
A judge directed Alabama election officials Monday afternoon to preserve all digital ballot images in Tuesday’s hotly contested U.S. Senate special election.
An order granting a preliminary injunction was filed at 1:36 p.m. Monday – less than 24 hours before voting is to begin. The order came in response to a lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of four Alabama voters who argued that the state is required to maintain the images under state and federal law.
“All counties employing digital ballot scanners in the Dec. 12, 2017 election are hereby ordered to set their voting machines to save all processed images in order to preserve all digital ballot images,” Montgomery County Circuit Judge Roman Ashley Shaul wrote in the order…
Digital ballot images are essentially digitized versions of the paper ballots Alabamians fill out in the voting booth. In Alabama, these digital images are destroyed once an election has passed, according to Duncan.
“People think that when they mark the ballots and they go into the machine that that’s what counted,” she said. “But it’s not, the paper ballot is not what’s counted. That ballot is scanned and they destroy [the ballots] after the election … If there’s ever an election challenge you need to have what was actually counted.”
The destruction of the images allegedly opens the door to potential hacking because there are no hard copies of the ballots, according to Duncan.
I understand why some Democratic officials, elected and unelected, have disdain for their voters. It’s shitty, but I get it. But one would think they would fight harder for the actual votes.
Update: Apparently, without a hearing, the Alabama State Supreme Court has overturned this court decision. Because, Intelligent Designer forbid, we actually believe in the validity of an electoral outcome. Seriously, if Moore wins, this decision undermines the legitimacy of the election.