Lowndes County ballot recount beings with observers

Posted at 5:10 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 17:16:53-05

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — One by one, ballots are being counted by hand and double-checked by sight to make sure every vote in Lowndes County is accurate.

Georgia poll workers wrapped for the day, working towards counting the 46,000 ballots received.

People watching the count known as poll observers or watchers say they feel more confident about the election.

The recount is a big task that Lowndes County Assistant Supervisor of Elections Tiffany Linkswiler says she hopes puts trust back into the election process.

"We have no problems with it," said Linkswiler. "I mean, it proves to everyone that the system does work. Everything is accurate. It's just a way to ensure everything is good."

Here's how it works:

Workers bring out crates full of ballots and check the seal number. Once the crates are opened, workers count the ballots out loud and say which person that ballot belongs to.

Then, the ballots are counted again to be sure.

Those numbers are recorded on a sheet before moving onto the next crate.

Gary McMillan showed up as an observer for the Republican Party.

McMillan says he wanted to be sure everything is done correctly.

"It's something I'm concerned about, and I'm now retired, so I have time to do this, to observe and be involved with what's going on with our processes," McMillan said.

McMillan says seeing it all happen makes him reassured, for at least this area.

"We have an excellent process," said McMillan. "It doesn't compare to other larger cities and other states where all the things you see on the news about fraud and potential fraud. I don't see that in Lowndes County."

The option to watch is available for anybody still casting doubt.

"Come in and watch them," Linkswiler said. "There's a public area. They can come in and watch the entire thing go on and watch them hand-count it."

All ballots need to be re-certified by midnight Wednesday.

If the margin is less than half a percent different, the losing candidate can request another recount through the election machines.