乔治亚州弗洛伊德县发现了约 2,600 张未计算选票，其中大部分是为美国总统唐纳德·特朗普投下的，使总统更接近于当选总统乔·拜登在 2020 年大选中的统计数据。
On Nov. 16, 2020, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) published a breaking news story that detailed how 2,600 votes in Georgia were not yet counted in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
“It’s very concerning,” Luke Martin, chairman of the Floyd County Republican Party, told the AJC. “But this doesn’t appear to be a widespread issue. I’m glad the audit revealed it, and it’s important that all votes are counted.”
The votes were found during a state audit due to be finalized on Nov. 20. The Associated Press reported that “the post-election audit is being held under a new state law that required one to be conducted for the first time this year on a race of the secretary of state’s choosing.” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said that the presidential election was chosen because of the “national significance of this race and the closeness of this race.”
On Nov. 17, Heather Mullins from Real America’s Voice (RAV-TV) posted a video and tweeted: “Floyd County, GA: Officials look for a box with 10 more batches after they thought they were done rescanning…updates to come.” President Donald Trump tweeted about the video on the following day:
FLOYD COUNTY, GEORGIA! pic.twitter.com/mIZ5rmdkvw
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2020
Despite numerous debunked conspiracy theories about companies with names like Dominion Voting Systems, and purported operations like “Hammer” and “Scorecard,” the issue in Floyd County appeared to come down not to a software problem, but to human error:
The problem occurred because county election officials didn’t upload votes from a memory card in an ballot scanning machine, said Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting system manager.
He called it “an amazing blunder” and said the county’s elections director should resign.
“It’s not an equipment issue. It’s a person not executing their job properly,” Sterling said. This is the kind of situation that requires a change at the top of their management side.”
The previously uncounted votes were cast during in-person early voting at the Floyd County Administration Building, which includes the county’s elections office, said Luke Martin, chairman of the Floyd County Republican Party.
The AJC also reported that the issue took place on a machine that failed during early voting, and that “county election officials were supposed to rescan all paper ballots cast on that machine, but roughly half of them weren’t recorded.”
Raffensperger said that “other counties’ recounted figures closely match their original numbers,” meaning that, thus far, this was the most significant issue found by the state in its audit.