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DeKalb County completes hand recount of all ballots ahead of schedule

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DeKalb County completes hand recount of all ballots ahead of schedule

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Sarah Elizabeth who said she voted early in the Nov. 3 elections wears patriotic socks while sitting in front of the Decatur Recreation Center on November 3, 2020. Photo by Dean Hesse.


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DeKalb County, GA — DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections has completed a hand recount of all votes cast in the Nov. 3 election.

The recount was completed two days ahead of the Nov. 18 deadline.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger demanded all Georgia counties conduct a risk-limiting audit, also known as a hand recount.

Here is the full announcement from DeKalb County:

DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections (DeKalb VRE) completed the state-mandated, risk-limiting audit on Sunday evening after executing a safe, accurate and efficient operation. The final data transmission to the Secretary of State will be completed on Monday morning, Nov. 16, 2020.

More than 370,000 ballots were hand-counted by 300 DeKalb VRE personnel over two eight-hour shifts per day that began on Saturday, Nov. 14.

“This audit was essentially seamless and I’m grateful for the hard work and collaboration of all involved,” said DeKalb VRE Director Erica Hamilton. “Our team worked tirelessly, while under a spotlight, and we’re proud of our collaborative efforts across the county and with the City of Stonecrest to make this happen. You can count on DeKalb.”

DeKalb County began preparation work for the audit immediately after the Secretary of State announced the mandate on Nov. 11. DeKalb VRE worked around the clock to prepare a robust approach, including the development of an aggressive staffing plan, implementation of a comprehensive security plan, and relocation to a larger space to support social distancing recommendations by the DeKalb County Board of Health.

DeKalb VRE and other partners also arranged for the catering of snacks and meals, distribution of personal protective equipment and provided ongoing temperature checks.

In addition to state monitors, party watchers and public observers, DeKalb County Television (DCTV 23) also broadcast a livestream of the audit on Saturday, Nov. 14, which garnered more than 4,000 viewers by late Sunday, Nov. 15.

“I am incredibly proud of the teamwork I’ve witnessed over the past several days,” Hamilton said. “I want to again thank the audit personnel, the DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections team, DeKalb County Board of Health, City of Stonecrest and all of the county staff who pulled together to ensure this audit was successful while maintaining the highest level of integrity and security throughout the process.”

The results of the audit will be announced by the Secretary of State.

For more information on upcoming elections and additional information, visit www.DeKalbVotes.com.

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