ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia’s top election official planned Wednesday’s news conference amid delays, confusion and technical glitches in the state’s still-incomplete counting of votes.
The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the Georgia presidential election because it is too early to call President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, with outstanding ballots remaining to be counted in counties where Biden has performed well.
Trump and Biden are locked in a tight competition to secure the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Georgia provides 16 electoral votes.
County officials said that in Gwinnett County, one of Georgia’s largest, there is a software problem in which thousands of mail absentee ballots are scanned.
County spokesman Joe Sorenson said in an email Wednesday that some of the ballots would now go through a process, with a 3-man panel consisting of representatives from both major parties attempting to determine the voter’s intent Huh.
In DeCalb’s metro Atlanta County – one of the state’s largest – officials will begin processing absentee ballots at 11 a.m. Wednesday, the county said in a statement released after midnight.
Spokeswoman Jessica Corbitt said Fulton County, which includes most of Atlanta, also stopped counting, but the process resumed at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. She previously said the county plans to resume absentee ballots in the next two days.
In Cobb County, also in metro Atlanta, about 15,000 absentee ballots are to be processed on Wednesday or Thursday, Cobb County Election Director Jenne Avellar said Wednesday morning. Then, there are plans to process 882 provisional ballots with any military and foreign ballots in the county on Friday and any ballots with missing or mismatched signatures that have been corrected.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raphensparger, frustrated by the Frolton County decision, had to stop.
“Fulton County decided to lay the bus for the day. What am I going to do about it? It is really disappointing, ”Raffenspar told WSB-TV.
Rafensparger plans a briefing at the State Capitol at 11:30 am on Georgia’s vote-counting efforts.