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Georgia’s elections chief says 200,000 ballots remain to be counted

Published: Nov. 4, 2020 at 9:12 AM EST
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ATLANTA (WRDW/WAGT) - “Elections matter.”

Speaking as early and absentee ballots in metro Atlanta remain uncounted, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said that phrase four times during an 11:15 a.m. news conference on Wednesday.

Raffensperger declared the federal and local elections in Georgia to be a success as the state looks to have all of its results baked in by the end of the day.

The Associated Press has not declared a winner in Georgia’s presidential contest because the race between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is too early to call.

Raffensperger, meanwhile, praised his team of elections officials around the state for performing an election in the middle of a pandemic.

“Thank you to every election official who met every struggle, and every challenge. In the middle of a pandemic, it was tough, and we overcame all the challenges,” Raffensperger said.

But with President Trump calling for an end to “voting," Raffensperger was asked about the integrity and counting of the outstanding ballots.

The secretary of state said there were still over 200,000 ballots left to be tabulated across the state and that he was pushing county election officials to deliver results today.

“We’re saying that every legal ballot will be counted in Georgia because that’s our process,” Raffensperger said. “We follow state law.”

Meanwhile, Raffensperger singled out Richmond County as one of the counties that were current with absentee ballots as they began to be tabulated, but a large influx put them behind.

“The state election board gave the counties the authority that they could begin the process of scanning the absentee ballots, which is very helpful so I know that down to Muskogee County and Richmond County,” Raffensperger said. “They were really current with everything they had received, but then all of a sudden, we also had additional ballots come in on Monday and then Tuesday, so they’re being dropped in. So they had to, they had to scan those. And so they’ll be getting that as soon as they can, but it is a two-page ballot. It just takes longer to get those ready for the scanning process.”

Richmond County is currently the home of an extremely tight district attorney’s race with Democratic challenger Jared Williams holding around a 1,200 ballot lead over incumbent Republican Natalie Paine.

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