The largest county in Georgia hit a delay in recounting votes due to technical issues amid a looming statewide deadline.
The election recount requested in Georgia by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign was halted in Fulton County as a Dominion Voting Systems mobile server crashed on Sunday, according to 11Alive. With about 88 percent of the ballots in the state’s largest county having been re-counted, the crash of the newly-purchased server brought things to a halt just ahead of a December 2 deadline.
“Technicians from Dominion have been dispatched to resolve the issue,” officials in Fulton County said in a statement. “The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has also been alerted to the issue and is aware of efforts to resolve the problem.”
The recount had just resumed after a break for the Thanksgiving holiday and is now set to begin again on Monday after the snag. According to the report, the recount of all absentee, early in-person, and provisional ballots has been completed.
Trump has been openly critical of top Republicans in the state and has been frustrated with state leaders over the handling of the election and vote count in the Peach State where, according to statewide numbers, Democrat Joe Biden defeated him by about 13,000 votes. Georgia has not gone to a Democratic presidential candidate in nearly 30 years.
According to 11Alive:
The candidate-requested recount follows the election day tallies and a pre-certification hand audit of ballots. However, the Trump campaign insisted this particular recount also include signature matching – something not allowed under existing Georgia law.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the election results reported by the state’s 159 counties on November 20. In a scathing op-ed about Trump that he wrote last week, Raffensperger defended the election process in Georgia and fired back at the president for his criticism.
“By all accounts, Georgia had a wildly successful and smooth election. We finally defeated voting lines and put behind us Fulton County’s now notorious reputation for disastrous elections. This should be something for Georgians to celebrate, whether their favored presidential candidate won or lost,” he wrote in the piece published last week by USA Today.
“For those wondering, mine lost — my family voted for him, donated to him, and are now being thrown under the bus by him,” he added.
GOP Gov. Brian Kemp had certified the state’s 16 presidential electors though he did not seem to openly endorse the final state numbers, saying that the law required him to “formalize the certification, which paves the way for the Trump campaign to pursue other legal options and a separate recount if they choose.”
Kemp won a narrow election victory over Democrat Stacey Abrams two years ago after Trump’s endorsement and the president is now regretting that decision, telling Fox News on Sunday that he is “ashamed” of his support of the Republican.
“They had electoral officials making deals like this character in Georgia who is a disaster. And the Governor’s done nothing. He’s done absolutely nothing. I’m ashamed that I endorsed him,” the president told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
President Trump lashed out at Georgia @GovKemp and @GaSecofState for not intervening. “They had electoral officials making deals like this character in Georgia who is a disaster. And the Governor’s done nothing. He’s done absolutely nothing. I’m ashamed that I endorsed him.” pic.twitter.com/zKjjP4duLx
— Brendan Keefe (@BrendanKeefe) November 29, 2020
The president also criticized his Department of Justice which he said has been “missing in action” amid several lawsuits launched by his reelection campaign in battleground states, including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, challenging the voting numbers and processes.
“You would think if you’re in the FBI or Department of Justice, this is the biggest thing you could be looking at. Where are they? I’ve not seen anything,” he said.
The president is expected to be in Georgia this week to rally support for Republican Sens. David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler who are facing runoff elections in January in tight races against Democratic challengers.