Georgia presidential count tightens in scan of last ballots

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ATLANTA (AP) — Vote counting continued in several Georgia counties on Thursday as Americans watched to see whether the state gives Democrat Joe Biden the electoral votes he needs to become...
An election worker examines ballots as vote counting in the general election continues at State Farm Arena on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

An election worker examines ballots as vote counting in the general election continues at State Farm Arena on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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The Associated Press has not declared a winner in Georgia because the race between President Donald Trump and Biden is still too early to call. Trump had a narrow lead, but with thousands of ballots still being tallied in counties that tend to vote blue, Democrats had reason for optimism.

The secretary of state's office announced that as of 8:40 p.m. there were about 16,105 absentee votes remaining to be counted. Gabriel Sterling, who has overseen the implementation of Georgia's new electronic voting system, said the secretary of state's office has long said counting could take several days.

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During a news conference in the state Capitol, Sterling did not offer an estimate for when he expected counties to finish tabulating their results. He said officials are working diligently and he emphasized his confidence in the legitimacy of the process.

"I think if anybody was going to try to rig a system they might have seen something a little less close than this," Sterling said. "In this state in particular we take security very seriously. ... We're going to have a recount for president more than likely and the people will see that the outcome will stay essentially the same."

The roughly 16,000 outstanding absentee ballots don't include provisional ballots and ballots that need to be "cured" before being scanned. Sterling also noted that ballots cast before Election Day by military voters and citizens living overseas and received by 5…
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