DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond has responded to Georgia GOP Chairman David Shafer's claim that a monitor uncovered a major error in votes tallied in the presidential race.

Wednesday morning Shafer tweeted, "One of our monitors discovered a 9,626 vote error in the DeKalb County hand count. One batch was labeled 10,707 for Biden and 13 for Trump - an improbable margin even by DeKalb standards. The actual count for the batch was 1,081 for Biden and 13 for Trump."

CBS46 questioned the Secretary of State's Office about the discrepancy.

"The error was discovered, it was corrected, it would have been discovered and corrected even without the monitor there to have pointed it out because we have quality control measures that our audit consultants go through on each one of these tally sheets to make sure you didn’t transpose a number, you didn’t add a zero, you didn’t miss a batch. All of those things go into an audit," explained Gabriel Sterling, Secretary of State Voting Implementation Manager.

The GOP chairman told CBS46 a sworn affidavit was sent to the Secretary of State's Office for further investigation saying that no one has seen proof that either of the hand counts match the original machine count.

"We got their affidavit on this, we were aware of this on Sunday, this is what happens in an audit. This is why you don’t release interim audit results because human beings are going to make mistakes in a hand count audit," said Sterling.

In response to Shafer, CEO Thurmond said, "I immediately conducted a preliminary inquiry into the accuracy of his unsubstantiated tweet."

The results of the inquiry are:

  • DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections officials have not verified the allegation in the tweet by Chairman Shafer, that a “vote error” occurred during the state-mandated risk-limiting audit in DeKalb.
  • Based on Chairman Shafer’s Twitter storm, the alleged “vote error” was discovered, reported to DeKalb elections officials and corrected prior to the transmission of the official audit report to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.
  • If the scenario occurred as Chairman Shafer alleges, this is evidence that the checks and balances, established by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to ensure the accuracy of the election results, performed as designed.

The audit is complete in DeKalb and CEO Thurmond said he hasn't even been able to verify with his election officials that the voter error happened. Regardless the state insists this will not change the final numbers.

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