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Dawson County Board of Elections to perform second recount next week
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Next week Dawson County will complete a second recount of votes cast in the presidential race of the Nov. 3, 2020, General Primary Election. 

According to a press release from Glenda Ferguson, Director of the Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration, the recount was ordered by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and will occur daily at the Dawson County Elections Office in Dawsonville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until completed.

Earlier in November Ferguson reported that a risk-limited audit, which is a way of checking if computers tabulated election results correctly, was completed in Dawson County on Friday, Nov. 13. Following that audit, Ferguson reported that the county had not changed. 

On Wednesday Ferguson said that this recount will involve re-scanning all of the ballots cast in Dawson County through their machines, and again they do not expect the count to change at all. 

"It should be the same," she said.  

After polls closed on election day, officials reported that 16,146 Dawson County residents cast ballots in the election, 75 percent of the county’s 21,529 eligible voters. 

Donald Trump carried Dawson County in the election, earning 13,398 of the votes cast. Democrat challenger Joseph R. Biden received 2,486 votes, while Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen received 197 votes. 

The statewide margin for the presidential election was much narrower, according to data reported by the Secretary of State’s office. Biden received approximately 49.5 percent of votes cast in Georgia, 2,472,050 votes to Trump’s 49.24 percent, 2,457,895 votes.  

State law allows Trump, who lost Georgia by fewer than 13,000 votes to President-elect Joe Biden, to seek a recount due to the narrow margin. The election results were certified last Friday after a statewide audit of every ballot that included a hand recount.

The upcoming recount will run ballots through scanners rather than by hand and must wrap up before several counties hold state and local runoff elections on Dec. 1, said Gabriel Sterling, the election systems manager in Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office.

That process will not involve inspecting or matching signatures on absentee ballot envelopes, which Trump’s allies have called for to weed out any potential instances of mail-in voter fraud – though so far no evidence has been presented of such widespread fraud in Georgia.