Embattled Ga. sec of state calls for elections director to resign after 2,600 ballots found in Trump-friendly county

Under fire from fellow Republicans for “mismanagement and lack of transparency” in the 2020 election, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was hit Sunday with the discovery of nearly 2,600 uncounted ballots.

Already mired in one controversy, after accusing Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., of suggesting that legal ballots in his state be thrown out — a claim he failed to support during an appearance on CNN — Raffensperger responded to the discovery in Floyd County, located in Trump-friendly northwest Georgia, by asking the local elections director to step down.

Robert Brady, the executive director of the Floyd County Board of Elections, has been asked to step down after the error was discovered Sunday on the third day of a state audit, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office reportedly had not finished counting the initial votes before the audit began and these ballots were not included in the state’s overall tally of ballots in the presidential election, according to the Fox affiliate.

The ballots were overwhelming in President Trump’s favor, but not enough to swing Joe Biden’s lead. A lead he acquired in the days after the election, overtaking Trump’s lead on election night.

As seen below, Trump received 1,643 votes, compared to Biden’s 865, for a net gain of almost 800.

Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system manager, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the mishap was not equipment-related.

Calling the mishap “an amazing blunder,” Sterling said the ballots were not uploaded from a ballot-scanning machine’s memory card.

“It’s not an equipment issue,” he said. “It’s a person not executing their job properly.”

“This is the kind of situation that requires a change at the top of their management side,” he continued.

Citing election officials, Fox 11 said the election in Floyd County was being run by a volunteer after the director contracted COVID-19 and another election official broke a hip.

Georgia is in the process of recounting every ballot cast in the presidential election by hand, and Sterling noted that they are investigating two different instances in Fulton County, to include a water leak at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, that resulted in people being asked to leave as votes were being counted.

President Trump responded to the recount in a tweet that drew censorship from the platform, taking Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who has been relatively quiet amid all the hoopla in his state.

“Georgia won’t let us look at the all important signature match,” he tweeted. “Without that the recount is MEANINGLESS. Open up unconstitutional Consent Decree, NOW! @BrianKempGA.”

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