Georgia secretary of state selects his race for election audit

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger during the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series in Atlanta on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Ben Gray) Ben Gray/AP

Georgia secretary of state selects his race for election audit

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has selected his own reelection race to be examined in the state’s biyearly election risk-limiting audit.

State law in Georgia requires the secretary of state’s office to select an election to be audited every even-year general election, with Raffensperger choosing his race in the interest of transparency. His selection comes only two days after he won reelection for Georgia secretary of state against Democratic state Rep. Bee Nguyen on Tuesday, according to WXIA.

“I believe in transparency and accountability to voters, and that’s why I’ve chosen this race,” said Raffensperger.

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The state conducts the audit by sampling random batches of ballots in an election, counting them by hand, and checking to see whether the results mostly align with the election results from ballot machines used in the election. The results of this audit will need to be at least 95% similar to the results of voting machines, and the intent is to finish the audit by Nov. 18, according to officials.

The results of this audit will be published on the secretary of state’s website, officials said.

“The audit will, with statistical confidence, show that the outcome of the election was correct,” said state Director of Elections Blake Evans. “It will also show that the machines that tabulated the votes worked properly.”

In Georgia’s last audit, Raffensperger selected the 2020 presidential election between then-President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Due to how close the election was, the state had all of the ballots in the state hand-counted.

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