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    Georgia earlier on Thursday certified the results of the 2020 presidential election, upholding Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s win, with Governor Brian Kemp calling for another audit of the votes, saying it was “completely unacceptable” that thousands of uncounted ballots were discovered during the manual hand recount after the initial results.

    The discovery of thousands of uncounted ballots has spurred the Board of Elections in Georgia's Floyd County to vote in favour of ousting Chief of Elections Clerk Robert Brady, according to FOX 5 Atlanta.

    Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had requested that Brady step down earlier, in the wake of two incidents in Floyd County, with local officials meeting to discuss the decision before firing the clerk, the outlet reported.

    Reportedly, there was consensus among both Republicans and Democrats on the need to fire Brady, despite the belief that the error was not made purposefully.

    Uncounted Ballots

    Georgia, where Governor Brian Kemp certified the presidential election results on Friday in favour of projected President-elect Joe Biden, had discovered 2,750 ballots that had not been included in the original count in Fayette County amid the state’s audit of the 2020 presidential election.

    "There was an issue where we noticed there were more people on the absentee ballot filed for voting in person in Fayette County than was in the actual reporting," Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling had said at the time.

    According to Sterling, the issue occurred because several individuals failed to follow proper procedures. In a separate incident, some 284 uncounted ballots were found in Walton County, with the local Board of Elections chair, Lori Wood, suggesting the error occurred after votes had previously been uploaded from only one of the two ballot scanners in a precinct.

    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger gives an update on the state of the election and ballot count during a news conference at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., November 6, 2020.
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    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger gives an update on the state of the election and ballot count during a news conference at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., November 6, 2020.

    The findings followed the discovery of more than 2,600 untallied ballots in Floyd County, forcing election workers to rescan more than 8,000 ballots, with Floyd County Republican Party chair Luke Martin referring to the incident as a “concerning” mishap that “doesn’t appear to be a widespread issue”.

    Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger blamed the problem in Floyd County on failure of election officials to upload votes from a memory card in a ballot-scanning machine.

    Statewide Audit

    The Peach State had embarked upon a hand recount of all votes on 13 November after the Republican Party and the Trump election campaign requested a statewide audit.

    Trump’s legal team filed several challenges in the wake of the 3 November elections, citing alleged voter fraud, despite major US media outlets announcing that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

    Trump's campaign lawyer Rudy Giuliani accused leaders of Democrat-run cities in key battleground states of carrying out a co-ordinated, "centralised" campaign of voter fraud to rob Donald Trump of victory.

    "As we started investigating...what emerged very quickly is there's not a singular voter fraud in one state. This pattern repeats itself in a number of states. Almost exactly the same pattern. Which to almost any experienced investigator, prosecutor would suggest that there was a plan from a centralised place to execute these various acts of voter fraud, specifically focused on big cities, and specifically focused on (as you would imagine) big cities controlled by Democrats. And particularly focused on big cities that have a long history of corruption," Giuliani said, speaking to reporters in Washington, DC on Thursday.

    LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - NOVEMBER 07: Election personnel sort ballots in preparation for an audit at the Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections offices on November 7, 2020 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Several counties in Georgia continued to count ballots even as news outlets have declared Joe Biden the winner of the race for President.
    © AFP 2020 / Elijah Nouvelage
    LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - NOVEMBER 07: Election personnel sort ballots in preparation for an audit at the Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections offices on November 7, 2020 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Several counties in Georgia continued to count ballots even as news outlets have declared Joe Biden the winner of the race for President.

    One of the key battleground states where Donald Trump demanded a recount, Georgia, was called in Biden's favour by the Associated Press earlier on 20 November, giving the Democrat candidate Joe Biden a total of 306 votes in the electoral college.

    Georgia's secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said Friday that he was, like all other Republicans, “disappointed”, but added:

    "I live by the motto that numbers don't lie. As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct."

    Meanwhile, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who certified the state's presidential election results Friday in favour of Biden, called for another audit of the votes, writes Fox News.

    Kemp was cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution it was “completely unacceptable” that thousands of uncounted ballots were found in several counties during the manual hand recount in the wake of the initial results.

    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about prescription drug prices during an appearance in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2020
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    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about prescription drug prices during an appearance in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2020

    While acknowledging Donald Trump’s frustration over the outcome, Kemp said:

    “He’s a fighter… But at the end of the day, I’ve got to follow the laws of the constitution of this state and that’s exactly what I’m doing.”

    After the results are certified, the Trump 2020 Campaign has until Tuesday to request another recount, said Kemp, pointing to the vote being within a half-per cent.

    “I would just say I’m formalising the certification. Now that Secretary Raffensperger certified, it triggers the ability of the Trump campaign to ask for the recount," said Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.

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