Deadline Near for Hand Tally of Presidential Race in Georgia

Nov 18, 2020

Election officials across Georgia are staring down a deadline to complete a hand tally of the presidential race in the state. The hand recount of nearly 5 million votes stemmed from an audit required by a new state law and wasn’t in response to any suspected problems with the state’s results or an official recount request.

Cobb County Election officials handle ballots during an audit, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Marietta, Ga. A hand tally of the nearly 5 million votes cast in the presidential race in Georgia has entered its fourth day Monday.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Stewart

The law requires the audit to be done before the counties’ certified results can be certified by the state. The deadline for the counties to complete the audit is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, ahead of the Friday deadline for state certification.
Athens-Clarke County elections workers finished their hand recount Tuesday.