GRADY COUNTY Democratic Party Chairwoman Sandra Sallee, left, watches as Daryl Smith with Dominion and Probate Court Clerk Staci Newmons rescan ballots during Tuesday’s second recount of the Nov. 3 general election.
The second recount of the approximately 5 million ballots cast in the Nov. 3 presidential election in Georgia is wrapping up today and Grady County officials completed the recount Tuesday evening.
Grady County Election Superintendent Denise Maddox said the recount resulted in President-elect Joe Biden receiving one fewer vote locally than originally reported.
“Our original report was 10,741 ballots cast and today’s count was 10,740. Biden lost a vote, but I am sure it was the one ballot we were off,” Maddox said.
The local election chief said that apparently two ballots must have stuck together going through the scanner on election night.
The second recount was conducted statewide at the request of President Donald Trump’s campaign. State law allows Trump, who lost Georgia by fewer than 13,000 votes, to seek a recount due to the narrow margin. Georgia’s election results were certified Nov. 20 following a statewide audit of every ballot that included a hand recount.
The second recount, which was conducted in Grady County on Tuesday, was a recount of running ballots through scanners, like were used on election night, rather than by hand.
Now, Maddox and local election officials are moving forward with preparation for the Jan. 5 general election runoff, which features the two U.S. senatorial races and a runoff in the race for Georgia Public Service Commissioner.
Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator David Perdue faces Democrat Jon Osoff while incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler is being challenged by Democrat Raphael Warnock.
In the PSC race, incumbent commissioner Lauren Bubba McDonald Jr., faces off with Democrat Daniel Blackman.
Grady County chief registrar Malinda Butler reported Tuesday that 1,560 absentee ballots had been mailed to local voters and her office is currently processing approximately 400 absentee ballot applications.
Advance in-person voting for the Jan. 5 runoff begins Monday, Dec. 14 at 8:30 a.m. and will run through Dec. 31 at 4:30 p.m. There will not be a day of Saturday early voting and election officials remind voters that there will not be any voting on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
All advance in-person voting will take place at the Grady County Courthouse.