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Alarm bells raised over ‘rescanning’ of 19K ballots in DeKalb County


The memo:

  • The race between Senator David Perdue and Jon Ossoff is still too close to call.
  • DeKalb County once again is in the national spotlight after major election night snafus.
  • The most concerning: a potential 'rescanning' of 19,000 ballots.

With the pivotal race between U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and Democrat Jon Ossoff still too close to call, there are now serious concerns over the potential “rescanning” of about 19,000 mostly Democratic ballots in DeKalb County, as well as mis-tabulations and dropbox concerns.

The biggest lingering issue on Wednesday morning was the scanning of ballots in the middle of the night that may have already been scanned, raising major alarm bells about the accuracy of the counting of ballots in DeKalb.

The Secretary of State’s office had already said DeKalb had completed their big upload, forcing the county to release a statement saying they had technical issues with 19,000 ballots.

The reported technical issue: six memory cards from voting machines were formatted incorrectly, so when they were uploaded into the scanners, they reported “zero” votes.

DeKalb County released the following statement around 3:00 a.m. EST:

“Due to technical issues, the remaining 19,000 ballots must be manually scanned in order to be tabulated and added to the total vote count. Georgia’s voting system provides built-in safeguards, in the form of paper ballots, that allow us to quickly process ballots that are electronically cast. These outstanding paper ballots are currently being scanned and the tabulation will be completed as quickly as possible and in compliance with state guidelines.”

This came after a high-profile discrepancy in which a DeKalb official apparently mistook 170,000 remaining votes for 117,000 remaining votes.

Once again, DeKalb County is facing heavy national criticism for its election night performance.

Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News. You can reach him via email at