About 14,000 ballots left to count in Georgia’s Fulton County, elections director says

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 04: Election workers count Fulton County ballots at State Farm Arena on November 4, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2020 presidential race between incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is still too close to call with outstanding ballots to count. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Fulton County elections director Richard Barron said his staff and volunteers have about 14,000 mail-in ballots left to be counted, adding they have been counting at a rate of about 3,000 ballots per hour.

His team, many of whom have been working since 8 a.m. ET, have so far counted 127,948 ballots and adjudicated 123,716, he said.

Barron, who leads the count in Georgia’s most populous country, which includes Atlanta, said he feels a responsibility to get the ballots counted as quickly as possible. Earlier in the evening he said his team would not pause until all the ballots had been counted.

“Georgia is one of the last few states that hasn’t been called,” he told CNN’s Nick Valencia. “It’s our responsibility to get these things counted tonight if we can, to at least help the process along so that people have peace of mind that all the votes are counted in Georgia.”

The county has tabulated all in-person votes and is now counting only absentee votes. The only remaining votes would be provisional and overseas military ballots which are due on Friday. As of 1:20 a.m., CNN’s election data gave Joe Biden a 73% to 26% advantage in Fulton Country.


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