CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office has announced that a statewide recount has been granted for the presidential race for the Nov. 3 General Election.
According to the Secretary of State’s Office, counties can begin recounting ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 9 a.m. The recount must be completed by midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 2.
The Chatham County Board of Elections has announced its plans to begin the recount. Chatham County will begin planning and preparation for the recount at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The recount in Chatham County will start on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 8 a.m. a break will be held for the Thanksgiving holiday. The recount will then resume on Monday, Nov. 30.
This recount can be done via machine, unlike the hand-count audit that was completed last week.
While workers have already tabulated Chatham County votes two times, they are back for round three and learning how it will work. After hand counting more than 134,000 ballots they’ll turn around and begin the machine recount Wednesday at 8 a.m.
The Board of Elections supervisor says they’ll start by testing the scanners and then start. Officials expect to have about a dozen workers and say a scanner can get through 60 ballots in a minute if there are no issues. Additionally they will have a review panel to look at the hand marked paper ballots. It’s a big job, but leaders say they are ready.
“I think we anticipated this so it’s not hitting us like a ton of bricks at all. Yeah, we knew that it was going to be a lot of work, but we also knew that as close as this race was that it was very likely that the candidate would require, in this case the President, would require a recount so you know that’s something that we understand and knew that was going to happen and I appreciate the perseverance of our workers that they are there, they are very dedicated and they will see it through,” said Chatham County Board of Elections Chairman Tom Mahoney.
Chatham County election leaders say they are confident and plan to give workers the Thanksgiving holiday off. They will resume the count on Monday.