How to audit Georgia’s audit of votes
An audit of the vote counts in Georgia has been underway since last year and, at least for now, has found no evidence that there was a fraud.
Georgia’s vote audit is a federal mandate that was put in place in response to the 2008 presidential election, in which Georgia won a razor-thin victory for George W. Bush.
In a state that was solidly blue, Bush was defeated by a number of Republicans, including then-Vice President Joe Biden, who won the state with more votes than any other Democrat.
Georgia began its audit process on June 5, 2016.
It will continue through November 2020, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
The audit will focus on votes cast in the March 3, 2017 special election, which went to the polls, and on votes from May 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018.
According to the election office, the results of those counts were sent to the state’s Department of State, which is responsible for the state election law.
However, the secretary of state has not yet announced the results.
Georgia did not have any problems in the 2012 and 2016 elections, but those elections were highly contested.
In 2012, President Barack Obama was re-elected with a slim margin of about 8 percentage points.
In 2016, the presidential election was marred by a series of hacking incidents that led to the resignation of several top state officials.