While no additional counties in Georgia have found uncounted ballots, Gabriel Sterling, the statewide voting systems implementation manager in the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, called the errors in Floyd County’s process “a lot more dangerous” for the potential of losing votes.
That country, Sterling said Tuesday, “had 2,700 ballots that they just flat out didn’t scan and but for this process, we likely may not have been able to find those, and that — that is a huge problem.”
“That is very different than the situation we saw in the other ones where they missed a card, and they just didn’t do the reconciliation process,” he added. “There wasn’t a reconciliation process that was going to catch this thing in Floyd County, which made it a lot more dangerous in terms of losing potential votes.”
Officials found uncounted ballots in Floyd, Fayette, Walton and Douglas counties. In Fayette, Walton and Douglas counties, officials found memory cards that were not uploaded properly.
In these four counties, the county boards of election must convene to re-certify their results to account for the uncounted ballots, so those results can then be what the state certifies. Sterling said that his understanding is that all of the county boards have “lined up” to do this, and that he hasn’t heard of any issues.