Doughterty County Board of Elections explains why absentee ballot results took time

Doughterty County Board of Elections explains why absentee ballot results took time./ Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

The Dougherty County Board of Elections said they didn't finish counting the absentee ballots until nearly six hours after the polls closed.

They were one of the last five counties in the state to report.

Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said each absentee ballot is counted in the precinct where the registered voter lives.

Every single ballot must be individually opened, taken out, and sent through the equipment to process the result.

Nickerson adds there were roughly 2,000 absentee ballots, and that's a big number when it must be done by hand.

They had a team working to get the results in as quickly as they could.

"The number is based on the demand,” Nickerson said. “The demand was large. It was eight to nine people down there."

Nickerson adds nothing else could have been done differently. Everyone was trained and there weren't any errors. It was just a lot of work for them to do.

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