Gabriel Sterling, the state’s electoral system manager, said Tuesday that only about 300,000 ballots will be counted in Georgia’s nearly 5 million ballots in the presidential election.
Meanwhile, elected officials from 29 constituencies across Georgia told CNN that they had completed the investigation and found no discrepancies in the results – adding to President Donald Trump’s lies about widespread fraud in the state.
The state legislature is set to confirm its results on Friday, which will thwart Trump’s lengthy efforts to postpone the approval period and possibly publicize the results of state elections through electoral colleges. The president has made several unsubstantiated allegations of fraud since his November 3 election, and his campaign has opened up legal challenges in several states seeking to defend the results.
“The whole point of the audit is to prove that the (initial) results are correct” and “to check the winner,” Sterling said.
In the town of Floyd – where 2,600 ballots were found during the count because they were not scanned when the commission cast its primary ballot, monitors obtained by human error – the electoral commission will always cast ballots in advance with a temporary vote found to have been rigged. The result would give Trump a whopping 778 net votes, narrowing his nationally-elected president, Joe Biden, by a narrow margin of more than 13,000.
After the results are confirmed, the Trump campaign can request a formal recount. Sterling said Georgia has procured high-speed card detectors for all 159 counties to use in case of a countdown request.
The following Georgia countries told CNN that they completed the audit without finding any discrepancies: Usage, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Baldwin, Barrow, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Butts, Calhoun, Candler, Carroll, Charlton, Chattooga, Clay, Coffee, Crawford, Cook, Dave , Dawson, Decatur, Dooly, Early, Meriwether, Murray and Oconee.
An official told CNN that there had been minor adjustments in the county.
- In Catoosa County, Biden’s half vote was classified as Trump’s vote after scrutiny.
- In Coweta County, a written vote for “Biden Harris” was added to Biden’s count.
- In Effingham, Trump lost one vote and Biden lost seven after the polls.
- In the Oglethorpe area, there is only one difference, but officials are reluctant to go into details.
Mr Graham declined to comment, saying he was only trying to find out how the state of Georgia approved the signature on the vote, although Sterling, who participated in a telephone conversation, addressed the Raffensperger incident.
CNN reporters Carly Ryan and Kevin Conlon contributed to the report.