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Georgia audit on track to finish Wednesday and affirm Biden win, official says

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

An election worker handles ballots as vote counting in the general election continues at State Farm Arena on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Georgia is on a "good schedule right now" to finish an audit of the presidential election by Wednesday and thus certify its results by Friday, a top state voting official says, and the vast majority of counties are reporting results that are "spot dead on" to the initial tallies or finding only minor discrepancies.

(CNN)Georgia is on a "good schedule right now" to finish an audit of the presidential election by Wednesday and thus certify its results by Friday, a top state voting official says, and the vast majority of counties are reporting results that are "spot dead on" to the initial tallies or finding only minor discrepancies.

Gabriel Sterling, the state's voting systems implementation manager, said Tuesday there are only approximately 300,000 ballots left to be hand-counted in Georgia out of the nearly 5 million cast in the presidential election.

Meanwhile, election officials from 29 counties across Georgia told CNN that they had already completed their audits and found no discrepancies with the results -- further discrediting President Donald Trump's lies about widespread fraud in the state.

The state is required by law to certify its results by Friday, which would thwart long-shot efforts by Trump to delay certification and potentially overturn the results of the state's election through the Electoral College.

In Floyd County -- where 2,600 uncounted ballots were found during the recount because they hadn't been scanned when the county tallied its early vote, an oversight that has been attributed to human error -- the election county board will rescan all early votes along with provisional votes that were found to be mismanaged, Sterling said.

Sterling said that the state of Georgia has already procured high-speed ballot scanners for all 159 counties to use in the event a recount is requested.

Trump and other Republicans have placed extraordinary pressure on Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, also a Republican, to in effect overturn the results of the election.

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