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An election worker looks at a ballot during a Cobb County hand recount of presidential votes on Nov.15, 2020, at the Miller Park Event Center in Marietta, Ga. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) An election worker looks at a ballot during a Cobb County hand recount of presidential votes on Nov.15, 2020, at the Miller Park Event Center in Marietta, Ga. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

An election worker looks at a ballot during a Cobb County hand recount of presidential votes on Nov.15, 2020, at the Miller Park Event Center in Marietta, Ga. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Daniel Funke
By Daniel Funke November 18, 2020

Georgia officials found more than 2,600 uncounted ballots, but they’re not evidence of fraud

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  • Election officials found more than 2,600 uncounted votes in Floyd County, Ga., northwest of Atlanta. Most of the votes favor President Donald Trump.

  • Those uncounted ballots are not evidence of voter fraud in Georgia. State election officials said the mistake was due to human error.

  • Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, has repeatedly said there is no evidence of fraud affecting the state’s presidential election results.

As Georgia neared the deadline to complete a hand recount and audit of its presidential election results, some social media users said officials found evidence of voter fraud.

On Nov. 16, the man who runs a conservative page called the "Pissed Off Patriot" posted a Facebook Live video in which he falsely claimed that President Donald Trump won the election against Joe Biden. In Georgia, where Biden led by about 14,000 votes, the page owner said there is evidence of voter fraud in rural Floyd County.

"BREAKING: Voter FRAUD exposed in Georgia," the video caption says. "Over 2600 votes ‘FOUND.’"

The man in the video appears to read from a news article as he discusses how "2,631 votes were found in Georgia" and speculates that it was due to voter fraud. We reached out to the Pissed Off Patriot for a comment, but we haven’t heard back.

The video was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) In the weeks since the election, Georgia has been the subject of numerous pieces of disinformation that seek to undermine faith in the integrity of its vote.

(Screenshot from Facebook)

While election officials did find more than 2,600 uncounted votes in Floyd County, that discovery is not evidence of voter fraud in Georgia. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, has repeatedly said there is no evidence of fraud affecting the state’s presidential election results.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Nov. 16 that officials had found more than 2,600 ballots in Floyd County, located northwest of Atlanta, that hadn’t been tallied. In a tweeted statement, Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system manager, said Trump will likely benefit from the votes.

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"Here is the unofficial breakdown of the ballots that weren’t originally uploaded," Sterling said. "1,643 votes for Pres. Trump, 865 for former VP Biden and 16 for Libertarian Jo Jorgensen. That is +778 for President Trump that will be reflected in the certified result."

To win Georgia, which has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1992, Trump would need to make up thousands more votes. State election officials do not expect that will happen — and even if it did, Biden would still have enough electoral votes to win the presidency.

The Floyd County ballots weren’t counted after Election Day because local officials did not upload votes from a memory card in a ballot scanning machine. Sterling told reporters the problem was the result of human error.

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"It is the only county where we’ve had an issue like this," he said. "It’s unfortunate, but it’s not an equipment issue. It’s a person not executing their job properly."

Raffensperger’s office told PolitiFact in an email that the uncounted ballots had nothing to do with voter fraud.

"This is not an example of fraud. It is an example of mismanagement at the county level," the secretary of state said. "These ballots were part of the hand audit directed by the secretary of state. Once the audit discovered them, it was recognized that they should be part of the final certified total. The audit did its job to assure legally cast ballots are counted properly."

The Facebook post contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression. We rate it Mostly False.

Our Sources

AFP Fact Check, "Team Trump’s dead voters in Georgia: 3 falsehoods, 1 truth," Nov. 16, 2020

Associated Press, ELECTION RESULTS 2020, accessed Nov. 17, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Georgia election recount nears end, with results to come afterward," Nov. 17, 2020

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Georgia recount uncovers 2,600 new votes in presidential race," Nov. 16, 2020

CBS This Morning, "Georgia voter fraud probes won't change projected Biden victory, secretary of state says," Nov. 12, 2020

Email from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Nov. 17, 2020

Facebook Live video, Nov. 16, 2020

Factcheck.org, "Faulty Claim About ‘Biden-Only’ Ballots in Georgia," Nov. 12, 2020

Fox 5 Atlanta, "Georgia Secretary of State finds no sign of widespread fraud in election," Nov. 11, 2020

Georgia Secretary of State, 1992 General Election Results: President

The New York Times, "As Tensions Among Republicans Mount, Georgia’s Recount Proceeds Smoothly," Nov. 16, 2020

The New York Times, "Georgia’s Close Elections Sent Republicans After a Republican," Nov. 11, 2020

PolitiFact, "How online misinformation unfolded after Election Day, boosted by Trump and his allies," Nov. 6, 2020

PolitiFact, "How we know Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential race," Nov. 13, 2020

Tweet from Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system manager, Nov. 16, 2020

USA Today, "Fact check: Dual language ballots create confusion in Georgia's Gwinnett County data," Nov. 11, 2020

USA Today, "Fact check: Georgia ballot curing is not election fraud," Nov. 6, 2020

The Washington Post, "Ga. secretary of state says fellow Republicans are pressuring him to find ways to exclude ballots," Nov. 16, 2020

WSB-TV, "Elections director asked to step down after 2,600 ballots not initially counted in Floyd County," Nov. 16, 2020

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