Statewide audit upholds Biden victory in Georgia

Source: Politico | November 19, 2020 | Zach Montellaro

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the process, which tallied all ballots by hand, showed that the “voting system accurately counted and reported results.”

A statewide audit of the presidential race in Georgia upholds President-elect Joe Biden’s victory there, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Thursday evening.

The audit tallied by hand all ballots, which were initially counted by machines. President Donald Trump’s campaign is still entitled to request a recount once the election results are certified. The state certification deadline is on Friday.

“Georgia’s historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state’s new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results,” Raffensperger, a Republican, said in a statement announcing the result. “This is a credit to the hard work of our county and local elections officials who moved quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time.”

The full audit, which is undertaken to check the accuracy of the machine count, found Biden ahead by just under 12,300 votes in the state. During the audit process, four counties — Floyd, Fayette, Douglas and Walton — found ballots that were not initially reported, either because they were never initially counted (which was the case in Floyd) or not uploaded correctly (the latter three counties). Those counties all reuploaded their results, which shrank Biden’s margin by around 1,400 votes, not enough to jeopardize his lead.

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