This article was last updated at 1:05 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6
About 4,200 absentee ballots remained to be counted in Georgia on Thursday after Joe Biden took a 1,096-vote lead over President Donald Trump.
Many of the uncounted absentee ballots are in Gwinnett County in metro Atlanta, where 4,800 remained to be tallied Friday morning. These figures are of ballots that arrived by the state’s deadline of 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Besides Gwinnett, absentees were pending in Laurens, Taylor and Floyd counties.
In addition, as many as 8,899 absentee ballots from military and overseas voters haven’t yet been returned to Georgia. Those ballots will be counted if they’re received by the end of the day Friday, the federal deadline for military and overseas ballots.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Friday that local election officials should focus on getting the count correct. State law gives county election officials until Nov. 13 to certify final election results.
“The focus for our office and for the county election officials for now remains on making sure that every legal vote is counted and recorded accurately,” Raffensperger, a Republican, said during a Capitol press conference.
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