Plans are for the facility to be sanitized between each shift. Ernstes said the DeKalb health department will have a presence in the building throughout the process.
“That will, I think, be very helpful to ensuring that both the folks who are observing and the folks that are working practice the necessary measures and cautions,” Ernstes said.
The DeKalb elections board certified results from last week’s election around 2:40 p.m. Thursday. It was originally scheduled to certify on Friday but moved the meeting up so staff could more quickly turn their attention to the recount, a herculean feat that involves human review of all 5 million or so ballots that Georgians cast in the race between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
It must be finished statewide by Nov. 20.
Hamilton said she hopes DeKalb can finish reviewing its 370,000 or so ballots by the end of the day Wednesday.
The potential cost of the recount in DeKalb -- or anywhere else -- remains unclear.
DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson wants the Secretary of State’s office to chip in.
“I think as a goodwill gesture they should throw some funds to the counties to assist with this process,” Johnson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
While DeKalb handles the recount, it will also be conducting a separate election -- and preparing for the high-stakes Senate runoffs that are coming in January.
Early voting started Monday in a runoff in the special election for the 5th Congressional District, the seat of late U.S. Rep. John Lewis. The winner of that Dec. 1 contest between former Morehouse College president Robert Franklin and former Atlanta city councilman Kwanza Hall will serve only a few weeks before the next full-term 5th District representative — Nikema Williams — is sworn in.
Doraville residents will also be deciding a city council runoff election on Dec. 1.