Georgia election official says hand tally of presidential race affirms Biden’s lead over Trump

Gwinnett County Election Worker on November 16, 2020 in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Beauty P. Baldwin handles ballots as part of voter registration and voting for the 2020 presidential election at the Election Building.

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A top Georgia election official said Thursday that one hand of ballots involved in the presidential race has been completed, and the result confirms Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow edge over Republican President Donald Trump.

The audit required about 5 million votes on hand by a new state law and was not in response to any questionable problems with the state’s results or official request request. The state has until Friday to certify results submitted and submitted by the counties.

The counties were to finish hand counting by 11:59 pm Wednesday. Gabriel Sterling, who oversees the implementation of the state’s new voting system, said Thursday evening that the audit was complete and that the results would soon be posted on the Secretary of State’s website.

Once the state certifies the election results, the losing campaign requests two business days, if the margin remains within 0.5%, it should make the request. Sterling said the score would be made using scanners that read and matched the votes and would be paid by the counties.

It was for Secretary of State Brad Raffensparger to choose the race to be audited, and he said that the presidential race is the most important and its importance is due to the separation of candidates. Due to that small margin, Raffenspar stated that a full hand record was necessary.

Votes that were not previously counted were found in several counties during the audit, which required a repeat of the election results in those counties.

In Floyd County, more than 2,500 ballots were discovered during an audit that had not been scanned before, and the Secretary of State’s office called for the firing of the county’s chief election clerk, Robert Brady. Board member Melanie Konrad said in an email that the County Election Board voted to issue a written reprimand to Brady on Thursday and it was his second written reprimand within six months.

Several other counties received memory cards with votes that were not uploaded and counted prior to the audit.

Upon moving to the hand tally, Biden led Trump by a margin of about 14,000 votes. Sterling said pre-made ballots discovered during the hand count would reduce that margin to 12,800.

The Associated Press has not declared a winner in Georgia, where Biden gave Trump nearly 0.3 percentage points. There is no mandatory recruiting law in Georgia, but state law provides this option to a trailing candidate if the margin is less than 0.5 percent. It is the practice of the AP not to call a race – or subject to a possibility – a possibility to become.

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