More than 3,000 uncounted ballots turned up in Georgia as the state is conducting an audit of the 2020 presidential election.
“There was an issue where we noticed there were more people on the absentee ballot filed for voting in person in Fayette County than was in the actual reporting,” Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling said, according to Fox 5 Atlanta. “It was discovered today for certain. Because of the audit, we found this.”
Sterling said the problem was the result of several individuals not following the proper procedures.
An additional 284 ballots were found in Walton County. The local Board of Elections chair, Lori Wood, told the Walton Tribune the problem was due to votes being previously uploaded from only one of the two ballot scanners in a precinct.
“We would have discovered it,” Wood said. “Maybe not this week, but we would have discovered it.”
A 2nd Georgia county has revealed 2,755 votes that were not previously counted in the presidential state race, reducing Joe Biden’s advantage over President Trump to fewer than 13,000.
Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting device chief, said Fayette County Electoral Staff didn’t originally upload votes held on a memory card.
“They didn’t do the reconciliation process properly,” he said.
The distribution of the uncounted ballots was 1,577 for Trump, 1,128 for Biden, 43 for Libertarian Jo Jorgensen, and seven write in-votes, Sterling added.
Tuesday’s incident marks the second time a big batch of votes were uncounted in the state’s original tally.
On Monday, election officials said they found 2,600 uncounted ballots in Floyd County.
“The reason you do an audit is to find this kind of thing,” Sterling, who oversaw the implementation of the new election system for the secretary of state’s office, said Monday night.
In that incident, the error occurred because county election officials failed to upload votes from a memory card in a ballot scanning machine, Sterling said, adding that he believed Floyd County’s elections director should resign.
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Trump’s Economy Roars – Stock Market Closes At Pre-COVID High, Smashes Record Increase At 61%
Big news to share. For the very first time since the coronavirus struck, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed higher than the pre-COVID peak, giving President Trump a major feather in his cap before he has to move on.
The Dow closed on Monday, citing news of a second successful virus vaccine, at 29,950.
It reached its previous record of 29,551 on Feb. 12.
As is well documented, the Dow did a free fall at 8,591 on the 20th of March in the following months.
It has reached 29,551 in a couple of days, but never closed higher.
The Dow ended the day up 471 points, or 1.6%, and is now close to reaching 30,000 points for the first time. It appears to have put behind it for now a period of uncertainty ahead of the election that hurt markets.
It was the second positive news on COVID-19 for markets after Pfizer last week similarly announced positive developments for its experimental vaccine.
The S&P 500 rose 1.2% to its highest close ever, while the Nasdaq finished up 0.8%.