As President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has continued to pursue allegations of irregularities and fraud in the recent presidential election, the ongoing effort has prompted new questions and perceived discrepancies — particularly in one Georgia county.
According to Breitbart, an error occurred during a hand recount in DeKalb County that was subsequently confirmed by two election officials. If not for the intervention of a GOP observer who caught the mistake, it would have resulted in roughly 9,600 unearned votes being added to Biden’s total.
“An improbable margin”
Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer outlined the apparent error in a series of tweets this week. Based on the amount of attention his posts received, it is clear the information struck a nerve across the state and beyond.
“One of our monitors discovered a 9,626 vote error in the DeKalb County hand count,” he tweeted, according to Breitbart. “One batch was labeled 10,707 for Biden and 13 for Trump — an improbable margin even by DeKalb standards.”
Shafer went on to affirm that the “actual count for the batch was 1,081 for Biden and 13 for Trump.”
He later tweeted that the erroneous total, if not discovered, would have wiped out the gains made by Trump as missing votes have been found elsewhere across the state in recent days.
“We were limited to 1 monitor for every 10 counting tables and we were kept some distance from the tables,” Shafer added, complaining about the treatment of election observers.
Shafer concluded that there is “no telling what we missed under these unreasonable restrictions,” pointing out that the “miscounted batch had been signed off by two official counters.”
According to Shafer’s tweets, the lopsided total in Biden’s favor as registered in the erroneous initial count rivaled that of rigged elections seen in foreign dictatorships. In response, he confirmed that a signed affidavit, under penalty of perjury, had been turned over to the secretary of state along with a request for further investigation into the matter.
Of course, plenty of observers were critical of Shafer’s conclusions, including Dave Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. According to Breitbart, he accused the GOP chair of offering a “grossly misleading” perspective, insisting that the error had “no impact” on the overall vote totals because the original tally was correct.
Shafer got the last word, though, firing back at Wasserman on Twitter: “Dave is wrong here. We have no idea whether either the first or second hand count matches the original machine count because audit has not been completed.”
In a statement, DeKalb County officials pushed back against the “serious allegation” lodged by Shafer and arguing that the mistake was unverified and had been corrected prior to transmission.