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Georgia recount finds more than 2,600 uncounted ballots from Republican-leaning Floyd County

Georgia recount finds 2,600 uncounted ballots from Republican-leaning Floyd County after memory card failure – but it won’t change the result

  • 2,600 uncounted ballots have been found in Georgia’s Floyd County
  • The ballots that were recovered were mostly for President Donald Trump
  • Votes found through the audit that began last week after officials in Republican-leaning Floyd County discovered they failed to upload a memory card 
  • The previously uncounted votes were cast in person in early voting in which more than half of the 5,000 printed-out ballots were not initially recorded 
  • Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since 1992
  • He had held a lead of more than 14,000 votes over the past week  
  • Georgia began recounting its nearly 5 million ballots by hand on Friday after President Donald Trump and the Republican Party requested a statewide audit 

More than 2,600 uncounted presidential ballots have been found in Georgia‘s Floyd County.

The newly discovered votes aren’t likely to effect the outcome of the race, with presumptive winner Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump by some 14,000 votes.  

However, it is believed Trump could close that deficit by about 800 votes, after 1,643 uncounted ballots were found for the president compared to 855 for Biden.  

Some 2,600 uncounted ballots have been found in Georgia’s Floyd County

Officials sort ballots during an audit at the Floyd County administration building in Rome, Georgia

Officials sort ballots during an audit at the Floyd County administration building in Rome, Georgia

Election officials in Georgia's 159 counties are undertaking a hand tally of the presidential race that stems from an audit required by state law

Election officials in Georgia’s 159 counties are undertaking a hand tally of the presidential race that stems from an audit required by state law

The newly found ballots that were recovered were mostly for President Donald Trump

The newly found ballots that were recovered were mostly for President Donald Trump

Votes found through the audit that began last week after officials in Republican-leaning Floyd County discovered they failed to upload a memory card

Votes found through the audit that began last week after officials in Republican-leaning Floyd County discovered they failed to upload a memory card

The problems are said to have occurred after county election officials did not upload voted from a memory card in an ballot scanning machine, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

‘It’s not an equipment issue. It’s a person not executing their job properly,’ said Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting system manager. ‘This is the kind of situation that requires a change at the top of their management side.’

Sterling called it ‘an amazing blunder’ and called for the county’s elections director to resign.  

The uncounted votes were cast during in-person early voting at the Floyd County Administration Building with more than half of the 5,000 printed-out ballots not being recorded.  

The previously uncounted votes were cast in person in early voting in which more than half of the 5,000 printed-out ballots were not initially recorded

The previously uncounted votes were cast in person in early voting in which more than half of the 5,000 printed-out ballots were not initially recorded 

Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since 1992

Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since 1992

The issue appears to have occurred after an optical scanner stopped working after a few weeks of early voting. 

County election officials were supposed to rescan all paper ballots cast on that particular machine, but about half of them were not recorded whatsoever. 

‘It’s very concerning,’ Luke Martin, chairman of the Floyd County Republican Party  said. ‘But this doesn’t appear to be a widespread issue. I’m glad the audit revealed it, and it’s important that all votes are counted.’

The missing votes are the most significant issue found so far during Georgia’s recount.  

Biden had held a lead of more than 14,000 votes over the past week

Biden had held a lead of more than 14,000 votes over the past week

Georgia began recounting its nearly 5 million ballots by hand on Friday after President Donald Trump and the Republican Party requested a statewide audit

Georgia began recounting its nearly 5 million ballots by hand on Friday after President Donald Trump and the Republican Party requested a statewide audit

Other counties’ recounted figures more closely match their original numbers according to Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. 

‘Nothing is making us see any substantive change in the outcome,’ said Sterling, a top deputy in Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office. ‘It’s verifying what we saw on election night.’ 

The ballots will now be rescanned and tabulated before results are finalized on Friday.

‘You want every vote counted right the first time, but that is one of the goals of the audit: to identify problems,’ State Elections Director Chris Harvey said. ‘All the votes will be uploaded, and the results will be what they are.’   

Floyd County is a GOP stronghold that Trump won with 70% of the vote. He’ll net about 800 votes from the new batch of ballots

Floyd County is a GOP stronghold that Trump won with 70% of the vote. He’ll net about 800 votes from the new batch of ballots

Even with the newly found votes, it is not nearly enough to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory

Even with the newly found votes, it is not nearly enough to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory

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