Fayette uncovers 2,700 missing votes, does not affect outcome

Fayette uncovers 2,700 missing votes, does not affect outcome

As part of the hand recount, Fayette County located 2,755 votes that were not in the initial count, though it will not be enough to affect noteworthy races. 

The now-counted votes add 1,577 votes for Trump and 1,128 for Biden, with the remaining votes going to Jo Jorgensen or write-ins. According to Secretary of State official Garbriel Sterling, the margin changes about 800 in favor of Trump, and the margin change is similar and not enough to affect the runoff in the Perdue-Ossoff senate race.

County Administrator Steve Rapson laid out where the error came from. 

During early voting, the Peachtree City Library discovered the Dominion scanners stop accepting ballots once 10,000 ballots have been scanned. On Oct. 27, the scanner was nearing 10,000, so a Dominion technician was called. The memory card was removed and taken by the technician to the Fayette County Elections Office, with a new memory card installed. The county election director was not made away of the change in cards and that there was now a fifth card in use. 

On election night, the election director was supplied with four memory cards from the four early voting locations (Fayetteville Library, Fayette Elections Office, Tyrone Town Hall, PTC Library), and the four memory cards were uploaded into the Elections Management System and totaled. 

The memory card included in the count for the PTC Library was the initial card with 9,625 votes on it. The new card with 2,760 votes was not pulled and counted. It remained sealed in the scanner. 

During the auditing process, it became clear there was a miscount from the memory cards, specifically in early in-person votes. During investigating the discrepancy, the use of the fifth card was discovered, and it was entered into the Elections Management System, correcting the discrepancy. 

Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.