All eyes on Georgia as final results awaited in Senate runoffs

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 11:20 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Since November, all eyes have been on Georgia, and now we’re finally here anxiously awaiting the results from across the state.

On Tuesday, Georgia voters took to the polls once again, to make their voices heard.

“One thing about it everybody needs to get out and vote because it makes a difference.”

“If you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice.”

“Things are going on that we can’t control and we need to get a handle on it.”

In Richmond County, votes are being counted, and poll workers are busy scanning ballots to find out who you chose to be your senators.

After widespread scrutiny, counts and recounts, and audits following the presidential election, Lynn Bailey from the Richmond County Board of Elections says she’s even more confident that the runoff count will go smoothly.

“I’m more positive than ever that our voting system in Georgia counts, every vote, just as its cast,” she said.

The hand-recount of nearly 90,000 Richmond County votes only led to about a 30-vote difference between presidential candidates. That’s a margin of error of less than 0.03 percent.

“I tell you if humans can look at 90,000 sheets of paper, and they only did that small difference. I mean, that tells me that our equipment and our tabulation software is working perfectly, just like it should,” Bailey said. “And then you know right on the heels of that we did a machine recount and the numbers were exact. They didn’t change.”

Poll workers have been working non-stop since November. And Bailey wants voters to know, the runoff results will be secure and counted fairly.

“The biggest issue that we’ve seen very, very sadly is the distrust that we hear from voters, you know, in the system,” she said.

They began prepping more than 22,000 absentee ballots for tonight’s count over the last two weeks, and tonight she expects to get 98 percent of votes counted.

“I hope that that momentum and interest in elections will keep up but perhaps in a little more positive tone,” Bailey said.

Richmond County poll workers have been busy counting since around 8:30. Bailey says we could expect to have significant results tonight.

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