“We only have nine scanners available to use for this recount effort, so we are having to be creative with our staffing and resources,” DeKalb County elections director Erica Hamilton said in a news release. “When you add in a pair of runoffs and a major holiday taking place at the same time, we are stretched thin to accomplish the recount by the designated timeline.”
The state has set a deadline for the recount — which will be the third tabulation of results from Nov. 3′s election — at midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Hamilton said the county has “moved swiftly to ask the Secretary of State for additional scanners to help us accomplish the recount.”
As of Tuesday, DeKalb planned to utilize around 100 staffers to batch and scan ballots during the recount. Operations are being held at a former Sam’s Club store on Turner Hill Road in Stonecrest, which was used as an early voting location and hosted DeKalb’s recent manual audit of presidential ballots.
The facility is more spacious than the county elections office and better equipped to accommodate social distancing and other COVID-19 related precautions, officials have said. Representatives from the county health department will be on hand throughout the recount to provide personal protective equipment and make sure pandemic protocols are followed.
After the slightly later start Tuesday, DeKalb’s preliminary schedule calls for workers to be on duty between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. every day through next Monday, minus Thanksgiving Day. The crew would then take Tuesday off before finishing things up on Wednesday.
Officials said staffing and schedules would be adjusted as needed.
There were designated on-site locations for public observers, news outlets and monitors from the Secretary of State’s office and political parties, officials said. The process is also being livestreamed here.
Like the manual audit completed last week, the machine recount is not expected to dramatically change the results of the presidential race in Georgia. Democrat Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by around 12,600 votes in the Peach State.
More than 83% of DeKalb voters favored Biden.