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Monitors Closely Observing Audit-triggered Full Hand Recount Transparency Is Built Into Process

(ATLANTA) – Monitors from state and county party
organizations will be closely observing the statewide full hand recount, which
was triggered by Georgia’s first statewide Risk Limiting Audit. From the
beginning of planning, the Secretary of State’s office has made sure to
instruct counties to allow political party organizations to observe the
audit/recount throughout the process.

“Transparency is indispensable for ensuring confidence in
the outcome of Georgia’s elections, which is why I have instructed county
elections officials to ensure political party monitors can watch every step of
the way,” said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “Providing access and
oversight of the full hand recount process has been part of the planning since
the beginning. We have encouraged counties to livestream their recounts when
possible and have made sure political parties can ensure a clean and fair recount
in Georgia. Transparency should be a guiding principle in how counties are
conducting the audit. While there are rules in place that allow counties to
keep order, the more transparency they can provide the better while still
ensuring an orderly process.”

Georgia counties were required to begin their statewide Risk
Limiting Audit triggered full hand recounts by 9 am on Friday, November 13. The
counties must finish their recounts by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 18. As
prescribed by Georgia law, the Secretary of State’s office will then certify
statewide election results after completion of the audit, by November 20.

Per the instructions given to counties as they conduct their
audit triggered full hand recounts, designated monitors will be given complete
access to observe the process from the beginning. While the audit triggered
recount must be open to the public and media, designated monitors will be able
to observe more closely. The general public and the press will be restricted to
a public viewing area. Designated monitors will be able to watch the recount while
standing close to the elections workers conducting the recount.

Political parties are allowed to designate a minimum of two
monitors per county at a ratio of one monitor per party for every ten audit
boards in a county. If DeKalb County, for example, has 75 audit teams, each
political party would be allowed to designate 8 monitors to monitor the
process. Beyond being able to watch to ensure the recount is conducted fairly
and securely, the two-person audit boards conducting the hand recount call out
the votes as they are recounted, providing monitors and the public an
additional way to keep tabs on the process.











The instructions for the audit triggered hand
recount build in transparency and provide ample opportunity for party
organizations and the voters of Georgia to be confident of a fair and secure
process.

Georgia
is recognized as a national leader in elections. It was the first state in the
country to implement the trifecta of automatic voter registration, at least 16
days of early voting (which has been called the “gold standard”), and no-excuse
absentee voting. Georgia continues to set records for voter turnout and
election participation, seeing the largest increase in average turnout of any
other state in the 2018 midterm election and record overall, early, in-person,
and absentee-by-mail turnout during the November 2020 elections.

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