Georgia Secretary of State election official Gabriel Sterling announced at a news conference on Tuesday that 2,755 uncounted votes were found on a memory card in Fayette County. It wasn’t the only county to find thousands of missing votes.
These votes, which will be included in the county’s re-certified results, will lead to a net gain for Donald Trump of 449 votes, according to Sterling.
There are now four counties – Walton, Douglas, Fayette and Floyd – where uncounted votes were discovered. On Monday, the Secretary of State’s office announced an error found in Floyd County where 2,600 ballots were left uncounted.
Tuesday evening, Walton County found 284 votes on a memory card from an election day polling precinct that were never counted.There was no explanation how the memory card wasn’t uploaded to the system and it left many wondering if there were any other votes out there that have been misplaced, lost or purposefully removed.
That find in Walton County narrowed the margin in Trump’s favor by 176 votes.
While uncounted votes have been found in three counties, the secretary of state’s office has yet to acknowledged the claims, and has continued to defend the integrity of the election and the voting process.
According to ABCNews, one of the secretary’s top deputies said the secretary of state’s office has “not seen any evidence” that there are enough of those votes to flip the outcome.
Marci McCarthy, a party monitor representing the Georgia GOP, was shocked when she heard the news of the uncounted votes.
McCarthy has been volunteering as an observer in DeKalb County while they recount the votes.
“I was pretty astounded when the first discovery happened in Floyd County and then subsequently after, in Fayette County. And now in the late night hours, in Walton County,” said McCarthy. “If these were Democrat counties, the Democrats would be outraged.”
The state has three days left to certify its election results.There are another 32 counties that found the results of the audit were off compared to their originally reported results.
“The hope is we don’t find any more of these counties with, you know, a couple of hundred here or 3,000 votes there, but the reason you do the audit is to find these kind of human errors and then make sure that they are corrected,” Sterling said Tuesday.
As claims of uncounted votes and irregularities continue to be reported, many Americans are losing faith in our election system.
“With three different Republican counties in Georgia that were discovered containing thousand of uncounted ballots, I am very concerned about the accuracy and reliability of our election, said Baer-McCarthy. “We’ve been asked to accept much of this at face value. But there has been a lack of transparency, the process has been riddled with human error and there are many accusations of voter fraud. While many of these items are still being investigated, it does not give anybody, including myself, a warm feeling that our election process is fair, transparent and reliable.”
She added, “as Americans, we deserve election integrity. And have the right to question it when it is not forth-coming.”
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This story was updated and corrected. McCarthy’s quote originally stated Fayetteville but it should have said Fayette County.