Uncounted Ballots Remaining in Georgia

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Brianna Whipple, Staff Writer

This year’s presidential election officially took place on Tuesday, November 3 and broke records in the number of voters who turned out. Early votes and mail-in ballots greatly contributed to these record breaking numbers. In Georgia alone, nearly 4 million citizens voted prior to election day. As of November 4, there were around a total of 200,000 ballots that were waiting to be counted in Georgia. According to the Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, there are still “several counties with largely mail-in ballots still uncounted to wrap up work by the end of Wednesday.” The majority of these counties with uncounted ballots include DeKalb, Fulton, and Forsyth. Raffensperger states that these counties had mostly “absentee ballots that arrived Monday and Tuesday” and were “swamped with mail-in votes despite being able to start processing absentee ballots two weeks ago.” Raffensperger is confident that these counties will finish tallying quickly to relieve the pressure off Georgia and fix the attention to the uncounted ballots in the northern states. 

There has been high speculation that Georgia might turn blue this election; however, its 16 electoral votes hang in favor of current President Donald Trump who leads former Vice President Joe Biden by about 100,00 votes as of noon Wednesday, November 4. There are several states currently counting both regular casted and mailed in ballots, which makes the presidential election far too close to call, keeping most on the edge of their seat. These states include Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The nation has all eyes fixed on these too close to call states because their remaining uncounted ballots will greatly influence the outcome of the election.

There is also a tight race between U.S Senators David Perdue and Jon Ossoff. As of noon Wednesday, November 4, Ossoff trailed Perdue by only about 185,000 votes, which is a close call and will likely require a runoff in January. The uncounted ballots will determine which candidate takes the lead. 

According to Raffensperger, state election officials will start auditing election results on Friday, November 6, and have until Friday, November 16 to certify all results. Even with all of the uncertainty in the election, Raffensperger noted that “elections ran smoothly throughout the state with short wait times on Election Day and droves of voters casting ballots during the three-week early voting period and by mail. We held an election that was safe, sensible, and responsible for every eligible voter to access.” This helped alleviate pressure on county officials and poll workers to manage polling places safely ensuring citizens remained safe amid the COVD-19 pandemic.