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GA Sec. of State expects 60,000 remaining ballots to be counted Thursday

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About 60,000 votes are uncounted in the State of Georgia as of Thursday morning that could sway the results of the national presidential election, the State’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told reporters. Raffensperger expects that those ballots will be counted by Thursday and defends that the process is going smoothly, but says it’s taking longer than normal because the state hasn’t accepted paper ballots in decades.

Raffensperger also said that the overseas active duty military ballots and provisional ballots may also have to come into the count as he expects a close race. Those ballots will be counted as long as they are postmarked November 3.

“We are working to get these done today, if possible,” he said. “And we’re working with the counties who might be having questions about how to do this properly because the main thing we want to do. Fast is great, we appreciate fast. We more appreciate accuracy. Accuracy is gonna be the bedrock on which people believe the outcomes of this election, be they on the winning side or the losing side.”

Raffensperger added that Tuesday’s election is the first election in 20 years where Georgia used paper ballots. “We told people they can expect some results on election night. We got a lot of them out there, and, in fact, we got down to 250,000 yesterday and we’re down to about 60,000 today.”

Raffesnberger said the state currently has the following vote counts:

  • Bryan County: 3,027
  • Burke County: 494
  • Chatham County: 17,157
  • Clayton County: 7,408
  • Cobb County: Approximately 700
  • Floyd County: 682
  • Forsyth County: 4,713
  • Fulton County: 11,200
  • Gwinnett County: 7,300
  • Harris County: 3,641
  • Laurens County: 1,797
  • Putnam County: 1,552
  • Taylor County: 456

Total: 60,127

“The anticipation as we will continue to go through the process throughout the day and into the evening if necessary,” Raffesnberger explained.

“We anticipate getting through this process today. One of the reasons that our friends in Chatham County take a little bit longer is they have a unique system where their voter registration is separate from their elections division and they handle different sides of the absentee ballot and the reporting process,” he said, adding that “we’re through that process today and I anticipate getting a majority of the 17,000 in today as well.”

The Trump campaign and the Republican party of Georgia filed a lawsuit in the peach state Wednesday, alleging that late mail ballots were being counted after the polls closed Tuesday.

According to The Hill, the campaign also filed an affidavit from a registered poll watcher who claims to have observed 53 late mail ballots being mixed in with ballots that arrived on time.

“We will not allow Democrat election officials to steal this election from President Trump with late, illegal ballots,” deputy campaign manager Justin Clark said in a statement. “President Trump and the Georgia Republican Party have filed suit to require all Georgia counties to separate any and all late-arriving ballots from all legally cast ballots to ensure a free, fair election in which only legal, valid ballots count.”

Raffensperger was asked about the lawsuit during Thursday’s press conference.

“It’s a lawsuit that will be handled at the county level,” Raffensperger said Thursday of the lawsuit. “As I understand it, it may only affect 50 ballots, but I’m sure that their legal counsel will give them the advice they need to get through that process.”

Raffensperger wasn’t aware of any allegations of voter fraud in the State, but said he’s “aware of several things.” When asked about a “corrupt scanner in Gwinnett County,” Raffensperger said he also wasn’t aware of such a thing.

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Biden’s Poor Polling and Harris’ Low Electability Rating Could Have Democrats Considering ‘Nuclear Option’

Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway

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With polls consistently showing a poor approval rating for President Joe Biden at below 40 percent, and a recent poll put Kamala Harris’ electability at only 28 percent, Democrats are in full panic mode.

Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway. Operatives are preparing for the possibility of a contested presidential primary in which other would-be nominees take on Ms. Harris, but that could be damaging for the party” reports the Telegraph.

Therefore, Democrats are allegedly whispering about a potential “nuclear option” that would call for current Vice President Harris to be nominated to the Supreme Court. The Telegraph writes that “while the scenario is highly improbable, and perhaps a reflection of a Washington rumor mill in overdrive, the fact it has come up at all shows the depths of the predicament the Biden administration currently finds itself in, amid rising inflation, a stalled domestic agenda, and foreign policy disasters.”

The theory in question would call for President Biden to nominate Harris to the Supreme Court in the event a seat opens in the next three years during his administration. Biden could then use “Section 2 of the 25thAmendment to nominate a more popular vice president”, adds the Telegraph.

Under Section 1 of the 25th Amendment, that new vice president could assume the presidency if Biden were to step down while president. They would then become the Democratic nominee in the 2024 presidential election. That same individual could also be the presumptive Democratic nominee in 2024 if Biden chooses not to run for re-election.

One piece of information that is wetting Democrats’ whistle is that current Supreme Court Justice Breyer has said he does not “want to stay on the Supreme Court until I die.”

The Telegraph notes that “the discussion over potential successors to Mr. Biden is highly unusual less than a year into an administration.”

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