Workers scan ballots as the Fulton County’s President recount begins Nov. 25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Ben Gray / AP
The recount is currently in progress in Fulton County, Georgia’s largest county that includes Atlanta.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, Richard Barron, Fulton’s director of registration and elections, said, “Our goal is to deal with the absenteeism in the mail today. We’ll see where we are at five and decide if we have to move on. ”
Fulton will be taking Thanksgiving and Friday off and plans to resume her recount on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. ET.
Barron says they use 13 ballot scanners and about 45 to 50 people are working on Fulton’s recount at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.
Barron said they are working hard to complete the recount of Fulton’s 528,000 ballot papers by Sunday so they can focus on Tuesday, December 1’s runoff election to fill the unexpired term of office of late Congressman John Lewis.
Some background information: The Trump campaign called for the recount last Saturday, which is their right under Georgian law as Biden’s profit margin is less than 0.5%.
The recount is financed by the taxpayer and carried out with high-speed election scanners in each state. The Georgian Foreign Minister has set a deadline of Wednesday, December 2, at midnight within which all districts can complete the recount.
President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner last Friday when the state confirmed the results after a statewide audit that sparked a full recount of every vote. Biden has 12,670 votes, or 0.2%, over President Trump in Georgia.
Fulton County chairman Robb Pitts said at the news conference this morning that they have undergone tremendous scrutiny around the world and that they have “passed every test with flying colors.”
“I can assure voters in Fulton County, the state of Georgia, the United States, and even around the world that we will hold open, fair, and transparent elections in Fulton County, Georgia. That’s it, that’s it, and that’s what this recount is going to conclude, ”said Pitts.