A monitor reportedly detected a 9.626-vote mistake in Georgia’s DeKalb County hand recount, according to Georgia Republican Party chairman David Shafer.
“One of our monitors discovered a 9,626 vote error in the DeKalb County hand count. One batch was labeled 10,707 for Biden and 13 for Trump – an improbable margin even by DeKalb standards,” Shafer said. “The actual count for the batch was 1,081 for Biden and 13 for Trump.”
According to Shafer, the error, if not discovered, would have essentially given Biden enough votes to “cancel out Trump’s gains from Fayette, Floyd and Walton.”
“We were limited to 1 monitor for every 10 counting tables and we were kept some distance from the tables. There is no telling what we missed under these unreasonable restrictions. The miscounted batch had been be signed off by two official counters,” Shafer added in the Wednesday update.
The Georgia GOP chairman continued that an affidavit from the monitor has been turned over to the secretary of state, and their attorneys have “requested an investigation”:
Shafer also pushed back on criticism from the Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman, who said that Shafer’s report was “grossly misleading.”
“Dave is wrong here. We have no idea whether either the first or second hand count matches the original machine count because audit has not been completed,” he said after Wasserman asserted that the discovery does not impact Georgia’s overall vote margin:
The news follows stories in other Georgia counties of thousands of uncounted ballots. The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office reported on Monday that Floyd County had found approximately 2,600 uncounted ballots.
President Trump gained the most from the discovery, according to officials, with 1,643 votes, followed by 865 additional votes for Joe Biden (D) and 16 for Jo Jorgensen, the libertarian candidate. The discovery resulted in the president’s net gain of around 800:
On Tuesday, the Georgia secretary of state’s office announced that over 2,700 votes in Fayette County were not uploaded properly.
Floyd County Republican Party chair Luke 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.
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.
Following an audit in Walton County, Trump also netted 176 votes.
Last week, Shafer and Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), who is heading the recount effort of the Trump campaign in Georgia, sent a letter to Georgia State Secretary Brad Raffensperger (R) expressing concern about the state’s audit, recount, and recanvass and arguing that the “stated goals… do not satisfy our concerns that gave rise to our request for a hand count in the first place.”
Georgia Poll Worker Says She Found ‘Pristine’ Batch of Ballots That Went ‘98%’ for Biden
A Georgia poll worker who said she has 20 years of experience in handling ballots and recounts said in a sworn statement on Nov. 17 that she noticed an unusual batch of ballots in which the sheets had no signs of use or markings, and approximately 98 percent were marked for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Only about two of the ballots from that batch were marked for President Donald Trump, recount worker Susan Voyles said. Voyles filed an affidavit in support of attorney Lin Wood’s lawsuit against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which she claimed that Raffensperger made changes to the state’s election policy, arguing that only Georgia’s legislature can make a change in a federal election.
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel reacted to the status of Georgia election counting: