Georgia officials find missing votes in Fayette County, open probe into Fulton County’s poll handling

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Another county in Georgia discovered missing votes during the audit of ballots in the 2020 presidential race, Georgia secretary of state’s office said on Tuesday.

Georgia’s voting system implementation manager Gabriel Sterling said some 2,700 ballots were not counted during the election in Fayette County.

Sterling said those ballots were scanned onto a card, but the votes were not uploaded into the initial vote count.

President Trump reportedly gained 449 votes on President-elect Joe Biden with the new batch of ballots, pushing the deficit margin closer to 12,929 votes.

The latest finding was the second this week in Georgia. Election officials on Monday earlier found a batch of more than 2,600 uncounted early voting ballots in Floyd County.

The two counties will have to recertify their poll results on Wednesday.

Another county, Walton, is also reportedly searching for a missing memory card with 224 votes.

Sterling said as of Tuesday, 57 of Georgia’s 159 counties already finished the hand recount with the same number of votes that was initially reported in the voting system.

The Secretary of State’s office has also commenced two investigations in Fulton County.

Sterling said an independent monitor discovered that there was improper management in the County’s handling of absentee ballots. The county could be slapped with a $50,000 fine for violations.

“Our main thing is we want to make sure they run elections properly,” Sterling said.

The investigations come in the wake of extreme pressure on Georgia, one of the key swing states where Trump and Biden have razor-thin margins. The state is finishing a statewide recount with Biden leading Trump by a little under 13,000 votes.