Georgia voting machine audit complete, no foul play suspected according to secretary of state
Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger says that voters can be confident that the vote tallies are accurate
Georgia’s audit of their voting machines has been completed and there is no indication that there was anything improper.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger made the announcement Tuesday after Pro V&V oversaw the audit of Dominion voting machines. The U.S. Elections Assistance Commission-certified testing laboratory analyzed random precinct scanners, ballot marking devices, and absentee ballot scanners.
“We are glad but not surprised that the audit of the state’s voting machines was an unqualified success,” Raffensperger said in a statement. “Election security has been a top priority since day one of my administration. We have partnered with the Department of Homeland Security, the Georgia Cyber Center, Georgia Tech security experts, and [a] wide range of other election security experts around the state and country so Georgia voters can be confident that their vote is safe and secure.”
An audit was commissioned after President Donald Trump accused Dominion voting machines of “deleting 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide.”
The firm quickly responded, denying the accusation.
“Our systems continue to reliably and accurately count ballots, and state and local election authorities have publicly confirmed the integrity of the process,” Dominion wrote in a statement to The Denver Post.
Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting systems implementation manager, stated on Tuesday that the full audit would be done by Friday, according to CNN. Biden is expected to be certified as the winner of the state on Friday.
Georgia has become the epicenter of the political world after the Peach State voted for President-elect Joe Biden, the first Democrat to win the state since 1992. Biden is the projected winner with 49.5% of the vote to Trump’s 49.2%. A recount is currently underway in Georgia where Biden is leading Trump by 14,000 votes.
As theGrio reported on Monday, Raffensperger claimed that he and his wife were receiving death threats for his handling of the recount process. He also accused fellow Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham, of applying pressure for him to toss legal out ballots.
“It sure looked like he was wanting to go down that road,” Raffensperger said of Graham’s suggestions.
Graham denied the accusation, insisting on Capitol Hill that the conversation he had with Raffensperger last Friday was mischaracterized.
“The main issue for me is: How do you protect the integrity of mail-in voting and how does signature verification work?” he said.
“If he feels threatened by that conversation, he’s got a problem,” Graham added. “I actually thought it was a good conversation.”
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