Audit of all Spalding County presidential election votes underway

Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley, standing at left, and members of the Ballot Audit Team are at work tabulating all 30,250 votes cast in the 2020 presidential election. Sheila Mathews/The GRIP

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

An audit of all Spalding County votes cast in the 2020 presidential election began at 9 a.m. at the Elections and Voter Registration Office.

Monitors from both the Republican and Democratic parties are present and observing the audit.

Altogether, 30,250 ballots were cast in Spalding County and each will be counted by hand throughout this process that may take several days.

The audit process requires ballot audit team members to separate batches of ballots by the presidential candidate for whom the individual vote was cast. Once separated, each ballot will be hand counted.

The unofficial vote count indicated President Donald Trump received 18,075 votes representing 59.95 percent while Joe Biden garnered 11,784 votes coming in at 39.13 percent. Jo Jorgensen received just under one percent of the vote with 275 ballots, or 0.91 percent of the vote, cast for the Libertarian candidate.

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Publisher’s note – This article has been updated to note that Republican and Democratic monitors are observing the audit.

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