Although Georgia is preparing to initiate a recount of the ballots after Tuesday’s election, democratic politician Stacey Abrams said that the upcoming audit of the state’s accounts will not affect the election results.
The election lawyer and advocate – who served in the Georgian House of Representatives for 10 years and led a gubernatorial campaign in 2018 – discussed the election results and the expected outcome of the recount during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union program on Sunday morning.
“The recounts in Georgia are essentially a reassessment of what has been done very laboriously over the past 5 days,” Abrams said. “And we know that the result, whether tomorrow or next week, will be the same … that Joe Biden has won the state of Georgia”.
Abrams loudly supported Biden’s presidential campaign throughout the campaign, and reportedly earlier this year it was placed on his short list of vice presidential candidates to be included in the Democratic list. After the Associated Press declared Biden the winner of this year’s election on Saturday, Abrams was greeted with a flood of laudatory messages in the social media thanking her for her decades of advocacy work in Georgia.
Stacey Abrams about a recount in Georgia: â The recount â¦ essentially means a re-examination of what has been done very painstakingly over the past 5 days, and we know that the results, whether tomorrow or next week, will be the same as when Joe Biden won the State of Georgiaâ #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/oueja7U1mN
– State of the Union (@CNNSotu) November 8, 2020
With 99 percent of the state’s ballots, Biden was narrowly in the lead in the southern state on Sunday afternoon after receiving about 10,000 more votes than Donald Trump. Biden’s success in Georgia came as something of a surprise given his history as a red state, and in itself a victory for activists like Abrams.
On Friday, Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger announced that the state would conduct a recount as part of its standard procedure to include races with such a small gap between candidates. However, the election officials have rejected the Trump campaign’s accusations of false reporting.
Some of the ballots cast in Georgia were already reviewed over the weekend. On Saturday, Raffensperger said that election workers in Fulton County, the most populous area of the state, would re-examine certain previously collected ballots after they discovered technical complications that affected the original reporting. County election workers reviewed provisional, military and UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) ballots originally received on Friday, as well as a small pool of other ballots that had been received but not scanned.
“Fulton County has discovered a problem that affects the coverage of their work on Friday. Officials are at the State Farm Arena to rescan their work,” Raffensperger said in a statement. “The Secretary of State has an observer on site, has sent additional investigators and has also sent the Deputy Secretary of State to oversee the process to ensure that the vote is thoroughly secured and all legal votes are protected. Observers from both political parties are also on site”.
Richard Barron, the Fulton County election director, confirmed that the corresponding ballots were rescanned and properly counted late Saturday night. He told local reporters that the election workers scanned a total of 342 ballots. The Fulton County election website reflected the updated results of Sunday’s presidential election, with numbers continuing to top Biden.
Fulton discovered a problem with the coverage of her work on Fri. Officials are at the State Farm Arena to review this work. I have an observer and investigator on site. I have also sent the Deputy SOS to oversee the process and ensure that the vote is secured and all legal votes are protected.
– GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) November 7, 2020
Washington Newsday contacted the offices of Raffensperger and Barron for additional comments, but did not receive responses in time for publication.