ATLANTA (Associated Press)-Masked election workers began to count votes in Georgia counties in pairs on Friday. This is a manual count for the presidential campaign and stems from an audit required by new state law.
The law requires an audit of a game to check whether the new election machine accurately counted votes, not because the results may be problematic. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (Brad Raffensperger) chose to conduct an audit of the presidential election and said that with a narrow advantage-Democrat Joe Biden leads Republican President Donald Trump with about 1
Statewide, the audit team processed several batches of paper ballots, divided them into a pile for each candidate, and then manually calculated each pile. The bipartisan panel of experts will review certain ballots at any time, including those for which the auditor cannot reach a consensus on the voters’ intentions and those with written candidates.
Inspectors appointed by local Democrats and Republicans are allowed to distribute among audit stations, but cannot vote or record anything. News media and the public are also allowed to observe, but they must observe in designated areas.
In Cobb County, a suburb of Atlanta, dozens of audit teams sat at a table in a large room at the Marietta Event Center, and they began counting absentee votes. An auditor picks up a ballot, reads the name of the candidate aloud, and then gives it to another auditor, who also said the name, then puts the ballot in the name of the candidate In the tray.
When they were working, the room was quiet, except for the messy documents and the auditors saying “Trump” or “Biden”.
A similar situation occurred in 159 counties in Georgia, when nearly 5 million votes were taken.
In the annex to the Chatham County Election Commission, a spongy warehouse on the south side of Savannah, about 60 auditors wearing masks listened to the supervisor’s supervision of the entire process, then watched the training video, and then at 10 o’clock. Start counting the morning
At 9 a.m., in the Floyd County Administrative Building in Rome, northern Georgia, pairs of masked auditors sat on eight plastic folding tables and took the oath of office. The ballots arrived in a few minutes.
Some counties use Friday to set up before the count starts.
Director of Election Rick Barron (Rick Barron) said in a television news conference that in Fulton County, the state’s most populous county, the 110,000-square-foot space at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta is now hosting 125 two-person teams. ready.
Barron said that the county has 528,777 votes to be recounted. He added that if they work from 7 am to 5 pm every day, they will take two to three days to complete.
The county election department has been hit hard by the coronavirus. Two people who were absent from the polling district were infected before the spring general election, and one of them died. Last month, another 26 workers were tested positive in warehouses preparing election equipment and storage supplies.
They thought of this when they planned the review space, Barron said.
He said: “We are in a very large factory, but when there are a lot of people gathered anywhere, there is a risk.” “If we can’t be scattered like that at the Georgia World Congress, then there won’t be so many people there. .”
The Secretary of State’s Office has instructed county election officials to complete the audit by 11:59 on Wednesday night. The deadline for the state to certify the results is November 20.
Even after the count started, Raffensperger was still in self-isolation after his wife tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, just in case. Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs told the Associated Press that Raffensperger had tested negative for the virus and said the secretary’s quarantine would not affect the audit.
The audit is part of the 2019 law, which also provides guidelines for the purchase of a new $100 million election system from Dominion Voting Systems. The secretary of state chooses the race. Ravenspeg said that the presidential campaign makes the most sense because of its marginal austerity and national significance.
But critics accused him of proposing to Trump after the presidential election, and state Republicans demanded a recount of votes. Ravenspeg’s office strongly denies this.
Critics also believe that Georgia’s audit requirements are not intended to be completely recalculated, which places an unnecessary heavy burden on county election officials.
Gabriel Sterling (Gabriel Sterling) said that the final number of audit counts will almost certainly be different from those previously reported by counties, but the overall results should remain the same.
He said that the results will not be released scattered throughout the counties, but will be announced after all the statistics are completed. He added that the audit results will be certified.
The Associated Press has not announced Georgia as the winner. Biden leads Trump by 0.3 percentage points in the state. Georgia does not have a mandatory recounting law, but if the profit margin is less than 0.5%, the state law provides the option to candidates who fall behind. The convention of the Associated Press is not to convene games that may or may be rescheduled.
Raffensperger said that once the audit results are certified, the failed election campaign can request a recount, which will be done using a scanner that reads and counts the votes.
Associated Press photographer Mike Stewart of Marietta, Georgia, Stephen B. Morton of Savannah, Georgia and Ben Gray of Rome, Georgia participated in the report.