Muscogee County machine recount of 80,000 ballots complete; No major issues found

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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – The final presidential vote count in Georgia is complete.

According to the Muscogee County Elections and Registration office, 80,944 ballots were cast in the presidential election. Of those votes, 49,446 votes were cast for Former Vice President, Joe Biden, 30,107 votes were cast for President Donald Trump.

Director Elections and Registrations for Muscogee County, Nancy Boren, says the board will meet tomorrow at 2:00 P.M. to certify the recount.

The recount has been taking place in the Council Chambers at the City Services Center since Monday, and election workers have finalized yet another vote count.

First, there was the Election Day count, then the hand-audit, and now the machine recount. While in other counties this recount has become tense, however, Nancy Boren, say’s that’s not the reality here.

“Democrats and Republicans have sat in the audience and spoken with each other, and maybe even on a first-name basis with each other. The atmosphere of the workers and people in the room is just one of partnership and getting the job done,” says Boren.

Boren says the only problem she’s seen thus far is paper jams when dealing with large quantities of ballots, as this is the first time for a presidential recount with machines, however, she says her team has addressed those problems immediately.

Moving forward, Boren says this could be the end of the road as far as Presidential election recounts go in Georiga.

“So I believe this is the end for Election Officials… I think any other action will take place in courts, and would not involve us. We do have the run-offs scheduled for January 5th, and we are proceeding with preparations for that now,” says Boren.

In this Presidential election, since the margin of the winner and the loser falls between .5%, this recount is being paid for with taxpayer dollars. 

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