2,600 missing ballots found during Georgia presidential election audit

The results of Georgia’s presidential election have yet to be determined as the state undergoes an intense manual recount and audit due to an extremely close margin of victory.

In the process of the state’s manual recount, 2,600 previously-uncounted ballots were uncovered on Monday in Floyd County, Georgia — a large portion of which were votes for President Donald Trump. 

Race for Georgia

Prior to the beginning of the recount, Democrat nominee Joe Biden led Donald Trump by a mere 14,000 votes, making every single vote cast in the state of critical importance.

According to the Daily Caller, the votes were lost “due to an error by county election officials who didn’t upload votes from a memory card in a ballot scanning machine.”

These were ballots cast early and in-person, and their discovery raises questions about how many other votes got lost in the shuffle even before election day.

“It’s very concerning,” said Luke Martin, chairman of the Floyd County Republican Party, though he went on to add: “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.”

Gabriel Sterling of the Secretary of State’s office chalked the oversight up to human error, and also dismissed the notion that the issue could be systemic.

“It is the only county where we’ve had an issue like this,” Sterling said, per WSB-TV 2. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s not an equipment issue. It’s a person not executing their job properly … This is the kind of situation that requires I think a change at the top of their management.”

Recount devolves

Georgia’s hand recount has devolved into chaos as election officials and state leaders battle conflicting interests in the quest to count every legal vote.

Fox’s Sean Hannity slammed the state’s GOP Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, for recently issuing a decree that changes the way signature verification takes place during the recount.

“I don’t think it’s brain surgery to figure out that there should only be one standard for every person who votes in Georgia,” Hannity said. “They should be checking signatures against the same database that Election Day voters had to meet with those that requested mailing ballots. It’s that simple.”

The Trump campaign has piled on Raffensperger and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) as well, putting them on the defense as pressure rises both in the presidential recount and the impending Senate runoff.

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