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Nov. 10 - Abrams Campaign Finding Ballots Not Reported, New Secretary of State Expects Final Certification Nov. 13

Category: Local Govts & Politics

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 10, 2018 - The Abrams for Governor campaign said it continues to collect and review the county records in all 159 of the state’s counties. In a press release on Friday, it said they have discovered the number of ballots cast and the number reported outstanding by the Secretary of State's office do not align. The campaign said it has discovered a minimum of 30,823 ballots that have not yet been counted as of Friday. These include 1,303 in person early votes that are missing, 2,674 votes cast by mail that are missing and 26,846 provisional ballots. The campaign said that’s at minimum 30,823 ballots, and it doesn’t include the number of ballots submitted by members of the military serving overseas, which could amount to as many as 2,684 ballots. 

The Secretary of State’s office under Kemp reported there are 21,190 outstanding provisional ballots, which it says is fewer than the number needed to trigger either a recount or a runoff election. But with Kemp resigning Thursday, the newly appointed Secretary of State, Robyn A. Crittenden issuing a statement Friday regarding county and state certification of the November 6, 2018 election results:
“The Secretary of State holds a tremendous responsibility to Georgia’s voting electorate. I am honored and humbled by Governor Deal’s faith in me to take the helm and fulfill this responsibility,” wrote Crittenden. “I intend to take on this role in the same way that I have approached my previous work in state government—with a focus on transparency and service to the people of our state. Today is my first full day serving as Secretary of State. Throughout the day, counties have been providing detailed reports to the Secretary of State’s office to account for all eligible ballots cast in the November 6, 2018 election. Once the Secretary of State’s office receives complete reports from all counties, we will publish these reports in an effort to ensure transparency and voter confidence in the election results.”
Crittenden said counties must certify election results by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. State certification will take place after all counties have certified their results in accordance with the law. “As Secretary of State, I am committed to election integrity, transparency, and statutory compliance.”

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