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Confusion about the runoff elections and the two separate dates has left many wondering how, when and where they can vote in Athens-Clarke County.
In its initial certified election results, the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections did not count 119 ballots that it determined were cast legally. The ballots were discovered while preparing for a statewide audit and recount of the presidential election results that begins Friday, said elections director Charlotte Sosebee.
The Georgia Secretary of State Office’s Voting System Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling held a short press conference regarding the 2020 general election Thursday morning, providing an update on the state’s efforts to get the remainder of its ballots counted.
As of Tuesday, 32,041 of Athens-Clarke County’s 76,800 registered voters — or about 42% — have already cast their ballots for the Nov. 3 election.
As the second week of early voting continues in Georgia, the state has seen a record number of voters at the polls.
In the June primaries, 141 mail-in ballots were rejected in Athens-Clarke County. Though that’s a small portion of the 16,328 ballots that were returned — less than 1% — the ideal number of rejected ballots would be zero.
Changes to the USPS made by the Postmaster General have resulted in delivery delays, which threaten to disenfranchise millions of Americans who will be voting by mail in 2020. This indicates a strategic attempt to manipulate the outcome of the presidential election. Georgians should vote in ways that are most likely to be counted.