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Another software snafu halts Georgia county ballot count



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ATLANTA — Counting on Saturday has resumed in Gwinnett County, Georgia, after a late-night computer glitch stopped the process for the second time in three days.

County spokesman Joe Sorenson sent everyone home except the IT people to work on the issue. He added that computer technicians were on-site Saturday when the counting began at 9 a.m.

On Wednesday, a glitch with new software being used in the country for the first time affected thousands of batches of absentee ballots.

Sorenson said that software snafu caused about 3,200 batches of absentee ballots — there are about 50 ballots in each batch — to get an error message saying that the ballots were pending adjudication. Adjudication is the process of reviewing a ballot that may have been flagged during the scanning process.

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In Gwinnett, there are about 535 mail-in ballots left to count. The plan, Sorenson says, is to finish counting by the end of the day.

Former Vice President Joe Biden'slead over President Trump in the battleground state widened Saturday morning by 7,200 votes, according to the secretary of state's office.

The new bump follows the overnight count of provisional ballots in left-leaning Fulton County.

Statewide, there are still about 12,770 provisional ballots left to be counted in addition to about 8,400 military votes. Biden's lead in the Peach State is still a fraction of 1% and means that a recall looks likely.

The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee have dispatched a team of lawyers to Georgia and have threatened lawsuitsover irregularities in the state.





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