A recount of ballots in Georgia’s presidential race has revealed more than 2,600 ballots in Floyd County – which happens to be strongly pro-Trump – that were never entered into the final tally.
The forgotten votes helped the president close the gap on Joe Biden’s questionable 14,000 vote lead in the peach state by nearly 800 votes. Trump managed to successfully edge out Biden in the county roughly by a ratio of 2-1.
Gabriel Sterling, who oversaw the implementation of the new statewide election system for the state, said that the unofficial breakdown of ballots was 1,643 for Trump, 865 for Biden and 16 for Libertarian Jo Jorgensen.
The unforgivable mistake reportedly occurred due to election officials did not upload a memory card containing the votes to a ballot counting machine.
The recovered votes may also help out GOP Sen. David Perdue, who is roughly 14,000 votes away from securing 50% of the vote in his bid for reelection and avoiding a runoff against Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff.
The deep red Floyd County conveniently seems to have been plagued by various issues this election. About half of a batch of 5,000 ballots were not initially recorded after being missed by scanner.
State Elections Director Chris Harvey said the 2,600 missed ballots will be added to the final vote count by the time the recount is over on Friday.
“You want every vote counted right the first time, but that is one of the goals of the audit: to identify problems,” Harvey said. “All the votes will be uploaded, and the results will be what they are.”
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger initiated the recount last week, saying it was necessary to restore voter confidence in the 2020 election results.
“This will help build confidence. It will be an audit, a recount and a recanvas all at once,” Raffensperger said at the press conference. “It will be a heavy lift.”
The secretary of state had said just days after the election that the state was headed for a recount because the presidential race was so close.
“Right now, Georgia remains too close to call,” Raffensperger said at a news conference on Nov. 6. “Out of approximately 5 million votes cast, we will have a margin of a few thousand. The focus for our office and for the county election officials for now remains on making sure that every legal is counted and recorded accurately.”
Raffensperger has faced calls for his resignation following a rather turbulent Georgia election that reeks of fraud. He’s received criticism from both GOP and Democratic politicians along with candidates running for election in Georgia.
On Nov. 9, both of Georgia’s GOP senators, Kelly Loeffler and Perdue, echoed their Democratic challengers’ calls that Raffensperger should resign over errors in the state’s election process.
“While blame certainly lies elsewhere as well, the buck ultimately stops with the Secretary of State. The mismanagement and lack of transparency from the Secretary of State is unacceptable. Honest elections are paramount to the foundations of our democracy,” Loeffler and Perdue said in a joint statement. “The Secretary of State has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections. He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately.”
Raffensperger hit back at the senators in his own statement, saying, “that is not going to happen. The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me.”