Although yesterday, Georgia officials assured voters that it was a weird anomaly when one county found thousands of ballots that hadn’t been counted (most of which voted for President Trump), now two more counties have “found” thousands more uncounted ballots.
A second county in Georgia has found a memory card with thousands of votes that had not been uploaded into the system used in the state. The majority of the votes were for President Donald Trump.
“Gabriel Sterling in the Secretary of State’s Office describes what happened in Fayette County: There were votes that had been scanned and were on a memory card, but the issue was that they hadn’t been uploaded,” 11Alive News reported. “He said it was more easily discoverable than the issue in Floyd County, because they were able to see that the number of people who were checked in on the early voting file in Fayette was higher than the number of people there was in the county’s reported vote total.”
Fayette County is a county that Trump won by 19 points in 2016 and is up by 6 points in this election, according to The New York Times.
Daily Beast reporter Sam Brodey wrote on Twitter: “GA elections spox @GabrielSterling says the ongoing election audit confirmed 2,755 previously uncounted votes in Fayette County 1,577 for Trump 1,128 for Biden Biden’s statewide advantage in GA now down to 12,929.”
Just now: GA elections spox @GabrielSterling says the ongoing election audit confirmed 2,755 previously uncounted votes in Fayette County
1,577 for Trump
1,128 for Biden
Biden’s statewide advantage in GA now down to 12,929
— Sam Brodey (@sambrodey) November 17, 2020
Yesterday, thousands of additional votes were found on a memory card that had not been uploaded in Floyd County, where Trump is leading by more than 40 points.
The Daily Wire reported:
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.
“It’s very concerning,” Martin 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.”
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office said the votes were missed because election workers failed to upload a memory card containing the votes into a ballot counting machine. The Floyd County discrepancy does not appear to be a widespread issue, the office of the secretary of state said.
“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 Daily Wire reported separately. “The mistake happened because election officials reportedly missed uploading a memory card containing the votes to a ballot counting machine.”
Local reporter Jamie Dupree noted that he would be seeing a different reaction from people if the votes were found in Fulton County, which is a deep blue area.
“And we have a second county in Georgia where all the votes were not counted. Fayette County voted 53-46 for Trump,” Dupree said. “Just a thought again today….that if this was Fulton County finding uncounted votes, my Twitter mentions would be melting down. But when it’s two GOP counties (Floyd & Fayette), well it’s just a shrug of the shoulders.”
Just a thought again today….that if this was Fulton County finding uncounted votes, my Twitter mentions would be melting down. But when it’s two GOP counties (Floyd & Fayette), well it’s just a shrug of the shoulders.
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) November 17, 2020
But, that’s not all.
284 missing ballots have been found in walton county, georgia, during a recount
the batch of votes broke 225 trump / 49 biden, decreasing biden's statewide lead by 176 votes
this is the third county that has discovered ballots in georgia's recounthttps://t.co/7NZTOBfWjx
— Thao Nguyen (@nguyenthevote) November 18, 2020
The audit of votes in the presidential race revealed missing votes in Walton County.
Two hundred eighty-four ballots were added from the Between precinct. They netted 176 votes for President Donald Trump.
The certified totals as of last week showed Trump, the Republican incumbent, with 37,617, or 74.03%, of 50,811 votes in Walton County.
But as of Tuesday afternoon, Trump’s local haul had risen to 37,842, or 74.06% of 51,095 votes.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden came in a distant second in Walton County at 12,682 votes, or 24.82%. He was at 12,633 after the certification last week.
Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen gained 10 votes. She finished at 571, or 1.12%.
Lori Wood, chairwoman of the Board of Election, said the Between precinct had two scanners.
“One of them got uploaded and another one didn’t,” she said.
Wood said she was confident the error would have been found and all votes counted.
“We would have discovered it. Maybe not this week, but we would have discovered it,” she said. “The audit brought it to our attention sooner.”
Georgia Public Broadcasting reported that of the counties that have completed their audits from the presidential election, 57 had no change in their original results, 21 were within a vote and 32 were within 10 votes.
In addition to the error in Walton County, two other mistakes have narrowed Trump’s deficit in Georgia.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office cited human error and “gross negligence” in 2,600 missing votes in Floyd County. Raffensperger’s office called for the Floyd County election manager to resign, but Wood said the Walton County elections officials have taken no such calls from Atlanta.
In Fayette County, according to GPB, a memory card was scanned but not uploaded to the county’s electronic results.
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Biden led Trump by 13,977 votes out of nearly 5 million in Georgia. Should the former vice president’s lead hold, he would be the first Democrat to carry Georgia since 1992.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the secretary of state’s office will release the audited numbers from all 159 counties at once, likely on Thursday, on a website that will include electronic tabulations, scanned images of tally sheets and other supporting documents.
— Bruce Porter, Jr. (@NetworksManager) November 18, 2020