— By Typhani Gray, WFXL Fox31, February 10, 2020 —
Lee County and State officials conducted a post-election vote tabulation audit for special election in Georgia State Senate District 13 Monday morning.
Election officials were conducting the audit using randomly selected votes, which was three percent of the total vote.
The audit was conducted because of new voting machines that were being used and officials wanted to ensure the accuracy of the vote.
Deputy Elections Director for the Secretary of State’s Office, Kevin Rayburn says audits are also coordinated to ensure voter confidence.
“But, one of the advantages of having a new paper ballots system is we can verify that those are accurate., says Rayburn. “We’re able to double check the tabulators make sure we have the right count. That helps increase voter confidence.”
Walter Jones, the Voter Education Communications Manager with the Secretary of State’s office, that the ballots matched their vote.
The new machines will be in place at other election offices by March of this year. Election officials from other counties including Dougherty came to observe the process as well.