More evidence of an attempt to steal the 2020 presidential election has been uncovered after a third batch of Trump leaning votes was buried in Georgia to help Joe Biden edge out a narrow lead.
An audit of the election in Georgia uncovered dozens of uncounted votes in the town of Between in Walton County. Election officials found 284 ballots that, once counted, netted Trump another 176 votes and cut slightly into Biden’s lead, according to the Walton Tribune. The former vice president still maintains a lead of nearly 13,000 votes over President Trump.
Board of Election Chairwoman Lori Wood said the votes were missed after election officials in Between did not upload the ballots run through one of its precinct’s two voting machines.
“One of them got uploaded and another one didn’t,” Wood told the Tribune.
“We would have discovered [the error]. Maybe not this week, but we would have discovered it,” she added. “The audit brought it to our attention sooner.”
The batch of uncounted votes found in pro-Trump Walton County is the third such error revealed in the audit of Georgia’s election. Batches of thousands of uncounted votes also turned up in Floyd County and Fayette County. In each case, the uncounted ballots favored Trump and cut into Biden’s lead.
After a batch of more than 2,600 uncounted votes were found on a memory card in Floyd County on Monday, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office attempted to cast the issue off as an isolated incident and blamed “gross incompetence.”
“The Floyd County situation was unfortunate,” Gabriel Sterling, an official with Raffensperger’s office, told The New York Times. “The majority of the counties right now are finding zero deviations from the original number of ballots.”
A second memory card with nearly 2,800 uncounted votes on it was found in Fayette County on Tuesday. The Daily Wire reported:
“A second county in Georgia has found a memory card with thousands of votes that had not been uploaded into the system used in the state. The majority of the votes were for President Donald Trump.
“Gabriel Sterling in the Secretary of State’s Office describes what happened in Fayette County: There were votes that had been scanned and were on a memory card, but the issue was that they hadn’t been uploaded,” 11Alive News reported. “He said it was more easily discoverable than the issue in Floyd County, because they were able to see that the number of people who were checked in on the early voting file in Fayette was higher than the number of people there was in the county’s reported vote total.””
Prominent members of the GOP have called on Raffensperger to resign amid Georgia’s chaotic election process.
On Nov. 9, both of Georgia’s GOP senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, echoed their Democratic challengers’ calls that Raffensperger should resign over mistakes in the state’s election process.
“While blame certainly lies elsewhere as well, the buck ultimately stops with the Secretary of State. The mismanagement and lack of transparency from the Secretary of State is unacceptable. Honest elections are paramount to the foundations of our democracy,” Loeffler and Perdue said in a joint statement.
“The Secretary of State has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections. He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately.”
And Georgia’s election continues to be ripe with issues or potential corruption. A recount monitor in the state discovered a 9,626-vote error in the hand recount in DeKalb County, according to the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party.
“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. The actual count for the batch was 1,081 for Biden and 13 for Trump,” David Shafer wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Had this counting error not been discovered, Biden would have gained enough votes from this one batch alone to cancel out Trump’s gains from Fayette, Floyd, and Walton,” Shafer added.
Shafer said that two official counters signed off on the miscounted batch. Republican attorneys turned over an affidavit (pdf) on the incident to the Georgia secretary of state and requested an investigation.
“We were limited to one 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,” Shafer said.
Georgia’s deadline to complete the recount was 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 18. The state is scheduled to vote on whether to certify the results of the 2020 election on Nov. 20.