Raffensperger predicted that there would be more results on Wednesday morning: “Hopefully by noon we will have a better idea of where we are.”
Here’s what we know about the remaining votes:
The approximately 100,000 outstanding votes should clearly favor the Democrats
The majority of the votes left to be counted are in Atlanta and its suburbs, where Warnock and Ossoff scored large margins in the runoff elections. Erica Hamilton, the polling officer in DeKalb, said in a statement early Wednesday morning that the county’s remaining 19,000 ballots would have to be manually scanned “due to technical problems”. Georgia has paper votes for protection.
Hancock County, a small, democratic county in southeast Atlanta, has not yet completed its census either.
While the Georgian Foreign Minister has marked every other state as “complete” on their online results page, many of these districts may still have ballots pending, including postal ballots received on election day and preliminary ballot papers. Fulton County in Atlanta has that 4,000 postal ballot papers to count on Wednesday.
There is a Friday deadline to receive military and foreign ballots and to resolve postal voting issues
If the second drain remains extremely narrow, it cannot be called up until at least Friday. Certain ballots from military and overseas voters can be received by election officials by Friday and are still counting, while most domestic voters had to submit ballots by the end of Tuesday’s elections. In a CNN interview, Raffensperger said 17,000 foreign ballots were distributed, although not all are being returned.
Voters also have until Friday to resolve issues with rejected ballot papers, such as: B. a missing signature. This is known as the “curing process”. But even after this process it can take longer until the problem is resolved: If the margin of the race is within 0.5 percentage points, the next candidate can request a recount.
The speed of ballot counting has been the subject of conspiracy theories advocated by President Donald Trump and his allies, including on Tuesday night when Trump was pushing inventions about a late “election campaign” against the Republican Senate candidates when democratic counties cast their votes.
Higher email polls slow down the counting process
Election officials and constituencies in Georgia urged voters to be patient as ballot papers were counted as in November. Georgia voters cast over 1 million ballots through the mail in the runoff election – a decrease of around 20 percent from the November election Data from Georgia Votes, but a drastic increase compared to previous years. Mail ballot papers usually require more time to process and count than votes cast in person, either early or on election day.
The state wasn’t given a phone call by the media for President-elect Joe Biden until November, ten days after the election, although most of the votes were cast on the evening of the November election. Georgia had one of the country’s narrowest presidential borders in 2020.
Nevertheless, Georgia has procedures in place to speed up the voting process. Georgia county electoral officials were allowed to begin preprocessing postal ballot papers more than two weeks before the election before preparing the actual table on the night of the election. Ballot papers received by election officials before the elections closed at 7:00 p.m. on election day are also counted, but they are often among the last ballot papers registered.