One election official in Georgia is out of a job in the wake of an apparent oversight that left nearly 3,000 votes in the state uncounted.
The incident, which seemingly bolsters President Donald Trump’s concerns about irregularities in the recent election, led to the ouster of Fulton County Elections Chief Robert Brady this week, the Washington Examiner reported.
Recount reduces Biden’s lead
Georgia’s Republican secretary of State certified a victory for Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Friday, following a hand recount in the tight race.
Out of the roughly five million votes recounted, the former vice president eked out a win with an advantage of fewer than 13,000 votes — or about 1,000 less than the results posted prior to the recount, according to National Review.
Compounding concerns over the initial results, the subsequent recount did not come without oddities of its own.
Some 2,600 votes were uncovered in Floyd County over the weekend, adding about 800 votes to Trump’s totals in the state. Meanwhile, hundreds more uncounted ballots — largely favoring the incumbent president — were also found elsewhere across Georgia.
As for the uncounted votes in Floyd County, officials blamed election workers for forgetting to upload a memory card. Brady took the brunt of the blame and was dismissed at a meeting on Thursday, according to the Washington Examiner.
“People make mistakes”
Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis chalked the incident up to “a matter of human error, not of some big fraud or conspiracy,” noting that “people make mistakes” while singling out the individual she held primarily culpable.
“But unfortunately I think this one falls at the feet of our elections director who I’ve been critical of this entire elections cycle,” Davis said, as the Examiner reported.
For his part, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani held a news conference on Thursday during which he previewed a “major lawsuit” he said would be forthcoming in Georgia.
“In the city of Atlanta, Republicans were not allowed to watch the absentee mail-in ballot process,” he said, according to Fox 5 in Atlanta. “Inspections completely cast aside. We have numerous double voters. We have numerous out-of-state voters. And we have specific evidence of intimidation and changes of votes.”
While Democrats insist that there has never been a more secure election in American history, the discovery of uncounted ballots so long after Election Day is likely to ensure questions continue to circulate regarding the outcome of the 2020 presidential race.