Recount resumes today in some metro Atlanta counties

Counting in some metro Atlanta counties resumes today as the presidential recount in Georgia begins to wind down.

Workers in Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties were set to begin counting again Monday. Work continued in Fulton County on Sunday, though technical problems delayed the work.

Spokesman Darryl Carver said a mobile server crashed, and a team from Dominion Voting Systems was dispatched to resolve the issue. Carver said the Secretary of State’s Office was notified about the problem.

Carver said Fulton County had already finished counting absentee, early in-person and provisional ballots - 88 percent of the ballots cast. He said the county expects to finish its count on Monday.

Meanwhile, Clayton County finished its recount Sunday. Georgia’s 159 counties have until midnight Wednesday to complete the work.

It’s the third count in the presidential election. In the first tally, Joe Biden defeated incumbent President Donald Trump by about 14,000 votes. In an audit ordered by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which votes were recounted by hand, Biden’s lead narrowed to 12,670 out of some 5 million ballots cast after several counties discovered they had not tallied thousands of ballots.

Last weekend, the president requested the latest count, which he is entitled to do because Biden’s margin of victory is less than half a percent. Instead of another hand count, workers in Georgia’s 159 counties are scanning ballots for a machine recount. Work began last Tuesday.

The secretary of state’s office does not expect the recount to change the outcome of the election. Raffensperger and Gov. Brian Kemp certified the election results on Nov. 20.

Even as the counting continued, Trump supporters continued to press claims of voter fraud in court. None of those efforts have been successful so far.