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WATCH: Georgia secretary of state gives vote count update

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger provided an update on the state’s vote count.

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President Donald Trump and Democrat challenger Joe Biden are locked in a tight contest to secure the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Georgia offers 16 electoral votes.

In Gwinnett County, also one of Georgia’s largest, a software problem interfered with the way thousands of mailed absentee ballots are scanned in batches, county officials said.

Some of those ballots will now go through a process known as adjudication, where a 3-person panel that includes representatives of both major parties try to determine the voter’s intent.

“I’m happy to that voters have responded favorably to using our ballot marking devices. They found it easy to use, appreciated the security of a paper ballot and liked seeing the ballots tabulated by the scanner. This election puts to rest the debates inflamed by those in our state, or not in our state, who have looked to sow doubt about our systems and those who have wrongly claimed there’s a lack of access to voting. Elections matter,” said Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State for Georgia.

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