A hand recount of the presidential race in Georgia’s closely watched election audit has turned up 2,600 previously uncounted votes in one county alone.
“The reason you do an audit is to find this kind of thing,” said Gabriel Sterling, who oversaw the implementation of the controversial and clearly flawed new election system for the secretary of state’s office.
President Trump saw a gain of about 800 net votes from the newly discovered ballots in Floyd County, flipping the whole district from Biden.
The error occurred because county election officials failed to upload votes from a memory card in a ballot-scanningmachine, Sterling said, adding that he believed Floyd County’s elections director should resign.
“It’s a person not executing their job properly. This is the kind of situation that requires a change at the top of their management side.”
Luke Martin, chairman of the Floyd County Republican Party said “the error is very concerning. I’m glad the audit revealed it, and it’s important that all votes are counted,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Democratic candidate Joe Biden led Trump in Georgia by about 14,000 votes before the recount. These recently discovered votes flip that result.
Floyd County election chair said,” we don’t have an immediate breakdown of the newly discovered ballots, but unofficial results previously showed Trump with 70% of the county’s votes to 28.4% for Biden.”
The uncounted votes in Floyd County are the latest in a mounting pile of significant errors in the still contested United States Presidential election. It is the largest error yet found during Georgia’s massive recount.
More than 100 counties have until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday to complete their recount.
Video: Floyd County, GA: Officials look for a box with 10 more batches after they thought they were done.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has been under attack by Trump and other high-profile Republicans who have repeatedly taken shots at Georgia’s ability to provide fair and accurate vote tallies.
The state’s Republican senators, who are in twin high-stakes runoffs in January that will determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate said
“Raffensperger should tender his resignation, the voting procedures in this presidential election were an embarrassment.”