More than 3,000 uncounted ballots have turned up in Georgia as the state continues its recount of the 2020 election.
As Fox News reports, the full hand-recount is part of a statewide election audit and has already resulted in at least 2,755 ballots in Fayette County and another 284 ballots in Walton County.
Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling said those doing the auditing noticed a discrepancy between the number of votes filed versus those publically reported.
“There was an issue where we noticed there were more people on the absentee ballot filed for voting in person in Fayette County than was in the actual reporting,” Sterling said via the report. “It was discovered today for certain. Because of the audit, we found this.”
The new findings come just a week after more than 2,600 uncounted votes were found in Floyd County, a discovery Floyd County Republican Party Chair Luke Martin described as “concerning.”
He noted, however, the incident “doesn’t appear to be a widespread issue.”
After the Fayette County discovery, Martin pointed to a lack of sufficient observation of the counting process in parts of the state as a possible reason for why no one caught mistakes.
“If this was human error and the Board of Elections allowed the parties, allowed the public to view the counting of the ballots, we could have seen that. But we didn’t get the opportunity to be there,” Martin told Fox News’ “The Story” Tuesday.
The state is also conducting an investigation of Fulton County’s election management.
It is unclear how many of the votes would go to President Trump, who is down about 14,000 votes in the state.
Should the audit ultimately flip the state in Trump’s favor, he would still fall shy of winning the presidency. Trump would have 248 electoral votes, well behind Biden’s 290 electoral votes.
Trump votes. https://t.co/JYEMPg1MJc
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2020
The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office issued a statement in response to the new reports, criticizing Trump and comments he made about absentee voting.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Trump’s rhetoric is ultimately responsible for him losing the state, saying he “suppressed [and] depressed his own voting base.”
Here’s more, via WSB-TV2:
The Secretary of State said some 24,500 Georgia Republicans who voted absentee in the June primary, didn’t vote in the general election.
Raffensperger told Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray that the president cost himself the election here.
“Those 24,000 people did not vote in the fall. They did not vote absentee because they were told by the president, ‘Don’t vote absentee it’s not secure.’ But then they did not vote in person,” Raffensperger said.
The deadline for the statewide audit is Wednesday at midnight.