About 2,600 uncounted ballots were found in Floyd County, Georgia, during the ongoing statewide recount, netting more votes for President Trump, but not nearly enough to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, according to Gabriel Sterling, who manages the state’s election system.
Floyd County is a GOP stronghold that Trump won with 70% of the vote. He’ll net about 800 votes from the new batch of ballots, Sterling said. Before the audit, Biden led the state by more than 14,000 votes.
“It doesn't change the final outcome, but it does change the percentages slightly,” Sterling said.
An investigation is underway, but it’s already clear that the ballots went missing because of “human error” and were not part of any systematic effort to undermine the election, Sterling said. The 2,600 new ballots weren’t scanned when Floyd County was tabulating its in-person early votes, Sterling said.
Sterling said state officials have “zero concern (that) this is an issue with Dominion software,” referring to the election technology company that Trump has falsely accused of committing nationwide fraud.
Earlier on Monday, local GOP officials Floyd County spread false claims that the issue there was caused by Dominion Voting Systems. The Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly debunked the Trump-backed conspiracy theory that Dominion software allegedly deleted millions of Trump votes.
Despite the issue in Floyd County, Sterling said a majority of counties are finished with their audits and that "the majority of the counties are finding zero deviations" from the originally reported results. As of Monday afternoon, local officials had audited 4.3 million of the nearly 5 million ballots cast in the state.
Sterling and other Republican officials have repeatedly defended the integrity of the presidential election in Georgia, even while Trump and his allies push baseless accusations of widespread fraud.