The truth that so many ballots remained uncounted got here as little shock. Voters have been allowed to deposit absentee ballots in county drop bins till 7 p.m. Tuesday. The method of counting them is labor-intensive, involving manually eradicating ballots from envelopes and, in some instances, subjecting them to human overview.
However there have been additionally unwelcome surprises, most notably a pipe that burst Tuesday morning in State Farm Enviornment, the stadium the place the Atlanta Hawks play basketball and the place Fulton County was tabulating votes. The plumbing failure, introduced by county officers late Tuesday night time, delayed the counting of an estimated 50,000 ballots.
In a information convention Wednesday morning, Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, stated that the most important variety of excellent ballots, greater than 70,000, was from Fulton County, which incorporates most of Atlanta and is a dependable Democratic stronghold. About 50,000 ballots have been from DeKalb County, a Democratic-leaning space that additionally contains a part of Atlanta.
Roughly 7,000 ballots have been from Forsyth County, which voted closely for Mr. Trump in 2016.
Mr. Raffensperger, a Republican and supporter of Mr. Trump, stated he would strain county officers within the state to finish its tally on Wednesday. But when a full vote depend couldn’t be completed, he added, he hoped that the variety of uncounted ballots can be considerably diminished by the tip of the day.
“If we don’t get there, however we get the quantity so small that then there’s no query of who truly the winner is, I feel that will probably be actually useful, actually take away a variety of these questions that folks may need,” Mr. Raffensperger stated.