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Georgia secretary of state outlines counties with outstanding votes; political science professor weighs in

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HAMILTON, Ga. (WTVM) - According to the Georgia secretary of state, as of Thursday afternoon, 14 counties still have outstanding votes that add up to about 47,000 uncounted ballots.

Georgia remains one of the key battleground states as elections officials work day and night to finalize these votes.

Counties like Harris and Taylor in the Chattahoochee Valley are working to adjudicate the outstanding ballots on a three-person panel: Democrats, Republicans, and the county election supervisors.

“What we have to do is go through each of the ballots and if there is a write-in candidate, we have to either accept or reject,” said Sherrail Jarrett, the Harris County elections supervisor.

Jarrett said that process is called adjudicating the ballots.

Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden are locked in a tight race that depends on the voting counts from the Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, which is partially the reason behind the lag in results, according to political science professor Dr. Jacob Holt.

“We are so close right now that those ballots matter, whereas normally, there would still be some outstanding right now. But we would already know how Georgia was going to vote,” Holt said.

The Trump Administration filed a lawsuit in Georgia Superior Court that was thrown out Thursday afternoon. The lawsuit alleged that a Republican poll watcher saw 53 late absentee ballots “illegally added to a stack of on-time absentee ballots in Chatham County.”

The goal, according to a spokesperson for Trump’s campaign, is to enforce Georgia’s voting laws and stop the counting of absentee ballots received after 7 p.m. on election day.

“The Trump campaign really has not been able to provide any evidence of anything that would get the courts involved,” Holt said.

As of 5 p.m., Jarrett said that Harris County only has 500 more votes to adjudicate out of the roughly 3,600 they started with Thursday morning.

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