UPDATE | 120 out of 276 provisional ballots approved in Richmond County

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Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
News 12 @ 11 O'clock
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Three days after the midterm election and there's still no official winner in Georgia's race for governor. Tonight, Richmond County officials counted and certified the final votes.

"Move that we reject those 111 ballots. Second. All in favor? I."

Those words held a lot of weight in this midterm election. Those are just some of the votes that won't count.

"Unfortunately there is no provision in the law that allows a person to vote outside of their jurisdiction."

The biggest group rejected is because they voted in Richmond County, but registered somewhere else.

"Provisional balloting is put in place as a safety net for voters so that election officials on election day in the throws of everything that's going on can't tell someone, well we can't find you registered to vote and then let that be the bottom line for the voter," Lynn Bailey, Richmond County Board Of Elections, said.

The Board of Elections goes through scenario after scenario, 276 of them here in Richmond County. One by one, they decide whether to count them or reject them.

"Will it change the outcome of the election? Most certainly," Bailey said.

The numbers did change. 120 new votes were counted.

85 people voted in the wrong precinct, but because they are registered in Richmond County, their votes will count.

The turnout percentage went up slightly from 57.22 to 57.32.

"On the unofficial results we see 70,237. That number on the official results reads 70,357."

While 120 new votes won't change much, there are 22,000 provisional votes statewide.

Richmond County's results gave Kemp 17 new votes and Abrams 90.

"They will then consolidate all of that into a return for the state of Georgia. And it's only then that we'll actually know exactly how things stand," Bailey said.

After all the counties go through the same process, the Secretary of State's office will come up with a final statewide return. The State will receive those totals on Wednesday.

If there is a runoff, that will happen on December 4th.

UPDATE
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Richmond County Board Of Elections tells News 12 out of the 276 provisional ballots, 120 have been approved.


Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
News 12 @ 6 O'clock / NBC 26 at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Ever since polls closed on Tuesday, Democratic Party Chairman-Elect Jordan Johnson has been on a mission.

To take every voter who used a provisional ballot back to their county registrar.

"I've been asking people to call me and we will come pick them up have your driver's license so that we can go down to the board of elections and make sure your vote was cast," he said.

Voters are handed a provisional ballot if:

They are unable to show photo ID when they show up to vote
If when registered to vote by mail they didn’t provide ID and couldn’t when they showed up to vote too.
If your name isn’t on the list of registered voters in the precinct.

Voters then have 3 days to go back to their county elections office and show photo ID of clear up the problem.

"So, that if you voted by provisional ballot you would make sure your vote was counted," Johnson says.

But today was the last day to do that. Early Friday morning, on the 9th floor of the Municipal Building, county workers worked on more than 270 provisional ballots. 80 of them from voters who showed up to the wrong precinct. We found more than 500 voters used a provisional ballot in the CSRA’s Georgia Counties.

“Your vote does count,” Johnson says, “your vote does matter. A couple days after the election and votes are still coming in.”

While Richmond County finishes counting their votes, local officials across the state have until Tuesday to certify all of their votes. After that, the secretary of state will certify the votes. They have until next Tuesday to do that.