Election officials in Georgia found some 2,600 uncounted ballots from a Republican-leaning section of the state — but the votes were not expected to be enough to flip the state from a Joe Biden win, a report said Monday.
The uncounted ballots from Floyd County in the northwestern section of the state — a GOP stronghold — could narrow Biden’s 14,000-vote lead, but not by enough to change the outcome of the race, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
The votes were left uncounted because election workers didn’t upload the votes from a memory card into a ballot-scanning machine, according to the report.
The chairman of the Floyd County Republican Party, Luke Martin, told the newspaper that the issue didn’t appear to be widespread.
“It’s very concerning,” Martin said. “But this doesn’t appear to be a widespread issue. I’m glad the audit revealed it, and it’s important that all votes are counted.”
Meanwhile, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in an interview with the Washington Post Monday that fellow Republicans — including Sen. Lindsey Graham — are targeting him to question the election in an effort to swing the state to President Trump.
Raffensperger has defended his state’s handling of the election as workers there labor through a hand recount of the five million votes cast. He said he’s received death threats in recent days as supporters of President Trump insist widespread voter fraud had been committed to secure Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
In the interview, Raffensperger also assailed Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, who is a leading voice in the state claiming fraud in the election, calling him a “liar” and a “charlatan.”
“I’m an engineer. We look at numbers. We look at hard data,” he said. “I can’t help it that a failed candidate like Doug Collins is running around lying to everyone. He’s a liar,” he said of Collins, who ran unsuccessfully for Senate this year.
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