Leading Mr. Trump by more than 14,000 votes, Joe Biden has been cast as the winner in Georgia by most of the major news networks. About five million votes were cast in total in the state, which is still heading for a Democratic victory for the first time in 28 years.
Gabriel Sterling, an official on the Georgia Secretary of State’s election team, revealed that of the newly discovered uncounted votes, 1,643 were for Mr. Trump, 865 for Mr. Biden and 16 for libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen, according to the Associated Press, which is yet to declare a winner in the state.
“The reason you do an audit is to find this sort of thing,” Mr Sterling said, adding that this was an isolated problem discovered during the recount in Floyd County and that it is not there was “no fundamental change” in other counties in the state. .
He said it appeared proper procedures were not followed when the results were compiled by machine, but officials spotted the problem during the manual count because the county kept the paper ballots.
County Election Council chairman Tom Rees said election officials were unsure how they missed the extra ballots.
Manual counting in Georgia is performed under state law, which requires an audit to verify voting machine counts when the overall election results are near. As of Monday evening, the vast majority of Georgia’s 159 counties had completed the physical count.
Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who is Republican, explained that the reason for an audit was the small margin between the two candidates and not pressure from a political party.
From the moment the election tally results began to tilt in Mr. Biden’s favor, Mr. Trump screamed scandal, alleging electoral fraud without offering any concrete evidence. His campaign is trying to legally challenge election results in various states.
Mr. Trump refused to concede and recently tweeted that he “won the election” – a claim Twitter immediately slapped with a warning that “official sources called this election differently.”
Mr Biden’s campaign, meanwhile, has remained calm and has stressed that the recount may alter the vote count in some areas, but the overall result will remain in their favor.
“We continue, after two and a half days of this audit, to agree with the Secretary of State that there is no reason to believe that generalized irregularities have been found,” said campaign lawyer for Mr. Biden, Patrick Moore.
Additional reports by agencies