ATLANTA– Georgia election officials held a dice roll at the state Capitol on Wednesday to initiate a vote scrutiny in the recent Secretary of State election.
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One by one, people, chosen at random from a basket of names, came to a table and rolled a 10-sided die. A total of 20 dice were rolled, generating a number that was fed into a computer to determine which vote stacks counties must count as part of the exam.
The audit is based on a 2019 law, not concerns about issues or the integrity of the state’s election results. Even-year general elections require an examination for a race selected by the Secretary of State. It must be completed before voting results are confirmed.
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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced last week that he would be selecting his breed for testing. Raffensperger, a Republican, beat Democratic House Representative Bee Nguyen.
Officials say the goal of the audit is to verify that the outcome of the election of the foreign secretary was correct and to boost confidence in the election in general.
Former President Donald Trump has targeted Raffensperger after the 2020 general election for failing to reverse his narrow loss in Georgia. In a now infamous phone call in January 2021, Trump suggested Raffensperger could “find” enough votes to reverse Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory. In other states, too, Trump wrongly blamed voter fraud for his loss. State officials and federal investigators, including Trump’s own attorney general, said there was no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 contest.
Raffensperger defeated a key challenger backed by Trump in this year’s campaign.
As part of the audit, each state district must compare the results recorded by the ballot-tally scanners with a hand count of the ballots of the selected votes.
Gabe Sterling, a senior official in the Secretary of State’s office, said the dice roll was part of an effort to make the process of selecting the ballot bundles as random as possible.
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“We won’t know in advance, so counties can’t say, ‘I’m going to make this batch perfect and everyone else sucks,'” he said.
The counties must begin testing on Thursday. The Secretary of State’s office is asking them to finish it by the next day.
The check ends either when polling officials have reached a certain level of confidence that the result is correct, or when a full count has been completed.
State law requires a 90 percent certainty that the result is accurate, but Raffensperger said last week he was increasing that to 95 percent, meaning a “risk limit” of 5 percent.
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