Morgan vote recount now complete

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Numbers remain virtually unchanged as national spotlight lands on Georgia

By Tia Lynn Ivey

Managing Editor 

Morgan County has completed a by-hand recount of all ballots cast in the 2020 Presidential Election—yielding virtually identical results to the outcome tabulated on Election night on Nov. 4. 

According to Morgan County Elections Director Jennifer Doran, the recount results differed by just two votes when poll workers completed the process on Monday, Nov. 16. 

“The audit results were just two votes short of the certified results,” said Doran of the completed manual recount that wrapped up Monday.  “The audit shows that the voting system is counting the way it is supposed to be counting and voters can have confidence in the election process,” said Doran. “The count from the audit was off by two from the certified election results.  We had three audit teams, each with two workers. When you get humans involved in counting, sometimes the count will be off.  With the count difference being so small, we are satisfied with the results.”

According to Doran,  the certified results are 11,765 and the audit results were 11,763. 

County Manager Adam Mestres commended election officials and poll workers to conducting a speedy and thorough audit and recount. 

“We received notice from the Secretary of State’s office regarding the manual recount for the presidential race and they started the recount last Friday,” said Mestres. “I want to commend our staff and all those involved in the process for a smooth and seamless recount in an expedited time-frame.” 

All 159 counties in Georgia were ordered by state election officials to conduct the by-hand recounts of nearly 5 million votes to ensure the accuracy of the election results, which handed a slim margin of victory to President-elect Joe Biden, who currently leads President Donald Trump by more than 14,000 votes in Georgia. Biden is the first democratic presidential candidate to win the state of Georgia since 1992. Now, the national spotlight has landed on Georgia’s elections once again, as President Donald J. Trump, along with Senatorial Candidate Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, launched voter fraud accusations against Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. 

Raffensperger agreed to a statewide manual recount, adamantly denying any widespread voter fraud in Georgia. 

“We knew that it was a silly argument,” said Raffensperger said of the fraud allegations during an interview Monday with WDUN-AM radio. “But the hand recount puts that to bed.”

As the recount winds down, state election officials are vouching for Georgia’s election integrity, despite one large mishap discovered in Floyd County reported on Monday. According to the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s Office, about 2,600 uncounted votes were discovered in Floyd County that were never uploaded to be tabulated on election night. The votes discovered in Floyd County contained about 1,700 votes for Donald Trump and about 900 votes for Joe Biden.  

However state election officials maintain that no human or machine errors made would be significant enough to change the final outcome of the election. 

“Nothing is making us see any substantive change in the outcome,” said Gabriel Sterling, a top deputy in the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. 

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