General Elections Results and public notice of recount

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To view the results of the November 3, 2020 General Election click here.

Public Notice of Recount
The Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections, through Elections Supervisor Kristi L. Royston, hereby provides public notice of the Gwinnett County Election Superintendent’s intent to begin a recount as required in O.C.G.A. 21-2-495. The recount will be conducted at the Beauty P. Baldwin Voter Registrations and Elections Building, 455 Grayson Hwy, Suite 200, Lawrenceville. It will start at 9:00am on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. All tasks are open to the public.

Update #7 (Final), November 9, 2020

The Board of Voter Registrations and Elections reviewed provisional ballots at their scheduled meeting on November 9 at 9:30am. All provisional votes that the board determined were eligible to be counted have been included in the totals at the Secretary of State's website. The Board also certified the election during the meeting. The official and complete Election Summary Report can be found here

Update #6, November 8, 2020

Dominion Voting Systems technicians successfully pushed the remaining non-provisional Gwinnett ballots to the Secretary of State’s election reporting system at 2:34pm Sunday.

965 provisional ballots will have to be reviewed by the Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections to determine their eligibility to be tabulated. A provisional ballot is a hand-marked ballot used by a voter when their eligibility to vote cannot be determined at the polling place, they do not provide acceptable ID, or they choose to vote at a voting location other than their assigned precinct.

The Board of Voter Registrations and Elections is scheduled to review the provisional ballots on the morning of Monday, November 9. Once the Board has determined which votes can be counted, the results will be posted to the Secretary of State’s website.

Update #5, November 7, 2020

A total of 535 absentee by mail ballots that required a signature cure and three military/overseas ballots were not able to be tabulated on Saturday because Dominion Voting Systems technicians were unable to make the system adjustments needed to complete a results upload.

Additionally, 965 provisional ballots will have to be reviewed by the Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections to determine their eligibility to be tabulated. Dominion technicians continue work to resolve the situation so that ballot adjudication can begin again Sunday morning.

The Board of Voter Registrations and Elections is scheduled to review the provisional ballots on the morning of Monday, November 9. 

Update #4, November 6, 2020 

Gwinnett County Elections has completed its tabulation of re-adjudicated absentee by mail ballots and has started adjudicating Election Day and advance in-person write-in candidates. Additionally, all advance in-person ballots and 1,010 of 1,013 military and overseas ballots have been tabulated. The ballots were published to the Secretary of State’s election results website at 4:57pm Friday.

A total of 535 absentee by mail ballots that required a signature cure and three military/overseas ballots will be counted tomorrow after Dominion technicians make the system adjustments needed to complete the count.

Additionally, 965 provisional ballots will have to be reviewed by the Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections to determine their eligibility to be tabulated.

The Board of Voter Registrations and Elections is scheduled to review the provisional ballots on the morning of Monday, November 9. 

Update #3, November 5, 2020

Gwinnett County has completed its re-adjudication of the absentee ballots that were affected by Election Night reporting issues and will continue to tabulate ballots on Friday morning.

To recap where we were on Election Night, Gwinnett County Elections experienced a software issue in which certain batches of absentee by mail ballots that had been adjudicated were displayed as in progress but would not move over to be accepted. The Board of Registrations and Elections made the decision then to push the batches in order to provide the best representation of votes in Gwinnett County, knowing the ballots would have to go through re-adjudication and that the results would change.

The re-adjudication process of these batches of absentee by mail ballots was completed November 5. Tabulation of the re-adjudicated ballots, the remaining absentee by mail ballots received on Election Day, and the remaining ballots from the Shorty Howell advance in-person voting site will begin in the morning of Friday, November 6. When the tabulation is completed, the results will be published to the Secretary of State’s election results website. The remaining votes, absentee by mail ballots awaiting signature cure, provisional ballots, and overseas and military ballots will not be added until sometime after the 5:00pm, November 6 deadline for signature cures, provisional ballot cures and acceptance of overseas and military ballots.

Additionally, write-in candidates from Election Day and advance in-person voting remain to be adjudicated and uploaded; that process will begin Friday, November 6.

The earliest the Board of Registrations and Elections will meet to go over provisional ballots is Saturday, November 7 but currently is scheduled for the morning of Monday, November 9. 

Update #2, November 4, 2020

In an effort to expedite the complete count of the remaining Gwinnett County General and Special Election votes, the County, with assistance from Dominion Voting Systems technicians, will revisit the batches of absentee by mail ballots that were added to the Election Night totals without being fully adjudicated. Once these ballots have been fully adjudicated, the absentee by mail totals will be updated, and together with the remaining uncounted votes, the results will be tallied and published. Additional uncounted votes include approximately 4,400 absentee ballots received on Election Day, votes to be rescanned from one corrupted data card from the Shorty Howell advance in-person voting site, and any of the approximately 1,000 provisional ballots that can be counted. The adjudication process is scheduled to begin at 9:00am on Thursday, November 5 and is estimated to take about three days to complete.

Update #1, November 3, 2020

Gwinnett County Elections on Tuesday discovered a problem with about half the batches of absentee by mail ballots. It involves a new module used this year for adjudicating absentee by mail ballots that cannot be scanned by the software.

  • Absentee ballots are filled out by hand, and if a ballot is marked clearly, it will run through the scanner without a problem.
  • If there’s a problem with how the ballot was filled out – for example, a voter placed a check mark instead of filling in the circle, didn’t completely fill in the circle, or voted for more candidates than allowed in a race – the scanning software will send the ballot to the adjudication module.
  • When the scanner won’t read a ballot, the ballot goes through adjudication, a process that involves a three-person panel made up of one representative of each major party and one elections staff member who together determine the voter’s intent.
  • The state allowed counties to start scanning in the absentee by mail ballots but not tabulating them on October 19.
  • During that time, the review panels completed a total of 5,900 batches of ballots.
  • Each batch could contain a maximum of 50 pages, or 25 ballots; some voters only vote some of the races or turn in only one page of the ballot.
  • Gwinnett County is the only county in Georgia that sent a two-page absentee by mail ballot, printed front and back, because the ballot is in both English and Spanish.
  • While 2,700 batches of ballots were scanned, adjudicated, counted, and pushed in Tuesday night’s results, the elections staff discovered earlier in the day that 3,200 batches would not push through because the software showed the adjudication still in progress even though it was completed. Ballots are scanned in batches and must remain together even if only one needs to be reviewed.
  • When they encountered the problem, the Gwinnett elections staff immediately contacted the Secretary of State’s office and the software vendor for assistance.
  • The Board of Voter Registrations and Elections was given two choices:
    • Hold the remaining ballots Tuesday tonight and the software vendor would try to resolve the issue Wednesday.
    • Reset them all and include in Tuesday’s results, knowing that some of the ballots would have to go through adjudication again. This will change the results depending on a number of factors.
  • The Board decided to push the batches Tuesday night in order to provide the best representation of votes in Gwinnett County. They made this decision knowing the ballots would have to go through adjudication again and knowing that the results will change.
  • This is no different than other situations that can affect final results – for example, provisional ballots or absentee ballots cured after Election Day – and this is why the results on election night are always labeled unofficial and incomplete.