Georgia Embarks On Largest Hand Re-Tally Of Ballots In US History

Georgia Embarks On Largest Hand Re-Tally Of Ballots In US
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Georgia Embarks On Largest Hand Re-Tally Of Ballots In US History
Fri, 11/13/2020 – 11:50

Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times
(emphasis ours),

Election officials in Georgia’s 159
counties are undertaking a hand recount of the presidential race
stemming from a “risk-limiting audit” that is
required by state law, which when completed will be the
largest hand re-tally in the history of the United

The law requires that one race be audited by hand to check that
the machines counted the ballots accurately.�Secretary of State
Brad Raffensperger chose to audit the presidential race and said
the tight margin, with Democrat Joe Biden leading President Donald
Trump by 14,072 votes—means a full hand count is

Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system implementation
manager, told a press conference on Nov. 12 that the hand recount
is a normal part of the risk-limiting audit and its objective is to
“instill confidence†in the accuracy of electronic voting
machines and, more broadly, the election.

“Right now, there’s a swath of voters in the state
and around the country that will say those machines cheated, those
machines miscounted, somebody hacked them, something happened,
because there’s no way that that guy won, there’s no way that
guy los
t,†Sterling said, adding, “that is the reason
we’ve chosen to do this audit in this time, in this way.â€

The audit is a new requirement that was included in a 2019 law
that also provided guidelines that the state used to purchase a new
election system from Dominion Voting Systems for more than $100

President Donald Trump claimed in a tweet that Dominion software
reelection campaign
announced that
it will file a lawsuit in Michigan that, besides
alleging voting irregularities, will seek a review of the Dominion
software, which has been linked to issues in several states,
including in several counties in Georgia that saw voting machines

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and
other GOP officials claimed that a glitch in the Dominion
software switched 6,000 GOP votes to Democrats in
, a switch that was spotted and later

Antrim County Clerk Sheryl Guy initially attributed the
problem to a combination of a software glitch and human error, but
later said the Dominion software had no part in the mistake and
blamed the problem solely on human error
. Both Dominion
and the Michigan Secretary of State have disputed allegations that
its software led to vote-tallying problems.

Dominion Voting Systems said in a statement that it “denies
claims about any vote switching or alleged software issues with our
voting systems.â€

A Nov. 12
joint statement
 from a coalition of federal and state elections
officials, released by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure
Security Agency that spearheaded federal election protection
efforts, said: “there is no evidence that any voting system
deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way

“Right now, across the country, election officials are
reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to
finalizing the result
,†the officials said in the
statement, adding that “we can assure you we have the utmost
confidence in the security and integrity of our elections.â€

Sterling, in his press briefing, said the manual recount â€œwill
be the largest hand re-tallying audit in the history of the United
States†and that he expects it will yield numbers that are
“slightly different.â€

He referred to a manual recount in Michigan in the 2016
election, which involved the re-tallying of around 2 million
ballots and saw Trump pick up around 750 votes and Democratic
contender Hillary Clinton picking up around 150 votes.

He said the risk-limiting audit hand re-tally would start at 9
a.m. on Friday and would conclude at midnight on Nov. 18.

While there is no mandatory recount law in Georgia, state law
provides that option to a trailing candidate if the margin is less
than 0.5 percentage points. Biden’s lead stood at 0.28 percentage
points as of Thursday afternoon.

Once the results from the risk-limiting audit are certified, the
losing campaign can request a regular recount, which will be done
using scanners that read and tally the votes, Raffensperger

The Trump campaign
has called
on Georgia election officials to conduct a full hand
recount of all ballots and take other steps to ensure
“confidence in our electoral process.â€
This includes a
full comparison of absentee ballots cast and in-person and
provisional ballots cast, and for carrying out a voter eligibility
check to make sure no felons or other ineligible individuals cast a
vote in the state.

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