Update: Fulton and DeKalb counties complete hand recount of more than 900,000 ballots

Votes are recounted on Nov. 14 at the Georgia World Congress Center. (Photo by Asep Mawardi)

Fulton and DeKalb counties have completed their hand recounts of 900,000 ballots cast during the Nov. 3 presidential election on Sunday evening, Nov. 15

According to a statement released by the Fulton County’s election office, the audit “involved the participation of hundreds of workers, monitors and observers” to tabulate 528,000 ballots.

The statement said at peak times, Fulton had more than 170 teams working to complete the audit with active participation from political party monitors, and members of the press and the general public observing the process.

On Nov. 16, the Department of Registration & Elections will finalize data entry, following the process provided by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

In DeKalb County, the recount ended around 10 p.m. on Sunday night after teams worked through the weekend to recount 373,000 ballots. Election officials planned to formally submit the results to the Secretary of State’s office on Nov. 16.

President Donald Trump has contested the election results in Georgia and several other states, making unfounded and baseless claims of nationwide voter fraud. That sentiment has been echoed by Republicans, who also maintain that President-Elect Joe Biden stole the race. Biden still holds a 14,122 lead over Trump in Georgia.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is expected to certify the election results on Nov. 20.

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