Robert Brady, the chief clerk of the Floyd County Board of Elections, was fired on Thursday after 2,600 uncounted ballots were discovered during a statewide audit
A Georgia county’s board of elections voted to fire its chief clerk on Thursday after 2,600 uncounted ballots were discovered just before the district initially certified the results.
The dismissal of Floyd County Chief of Elections Clerk Robert Brady came just before the state officially certified Joe Biden as the winner of Georgia’s 16 electoral college votes.
Meanwhile, supporters of President Trump gathered on the steps of the State Capitol building in Atlanta and staged a ‘stop the steal’ rally for the third straight day.
Addressing the rallygoers was longtime Trump supporter and InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
The Floyd County board met for about an hour on Thursday in a special session that ended with a vote to terminate Brady, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.
Brady was fired after receiving at least two reprimands in the past six months.
‘It really is a matter of human error not of some big fraud or conspiracy and people make mistakes, but unfortunately I think this one falls at the feet of our elections director who I’ve been critical of this entire elections cycle,’ Wendy Davis, the Rome City Commissioner, told Fox 5.
During a statewide audit earlier this week, election officials found some 2,600 ballots that were not counted in the earlier totals.
Election officials discovered that they failed to upload a memory card containing electronic counts of those votes on Election Day, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
As a result of the discovery, election officials had to rescan more than 8,000 ballots to make sure there were no other discrepancies.
‘There weren’t the right double and triple checks right before certification to realize we hadn’t counted as many numbers as the people that early voted,’ Davis said.
President Trump lost Georgia to Biden by some 12,670 votes, so the undiscovered ballots in Floyd County would not have affected the final outcome.
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Jones rode in on a Humvee-style InfoWars ‘battle tank’ as he was greeted by a throng of Trump supporters in Atlanta on Friday
Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and internet media personality, is seen speaking to Trump supporters on the steps of the State Capitol in Atlanta for the third day in a row during a ‘stop the steal’ rally on Friday
The attendees denounced the alleged ‘widespread fraud’ that resulted in Biden being declared the winner of the state
President Trump lost Georgia to President-elect Joe Biden by some 12,670 votes, so the undiscovered ballots in Floyd County would not have affected the final outcome. The above image shows officials sorting ballots during an audit at the Floyd County administration building in Rome, Georgia, on November 13
Of the 2,600 discovered ballots in Republican-leaning Floyd County, most of them went for Trump (right). The new batch of ballots slashed Biden’s (left) lead over Trump by some 800 votes – still not enough to overcome the Democrat’s advantage
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said he will certify that Joe Biden won the state’s presidential election
Of the 2,600 discovered ballots in Republican-leaning Floyd County, most of them went for Trump.
The new batch of ballots slashed Biden’s lead over Trump by some 800 votes – still not enough to overcome the Democrat’s advantage.
Trump and his supporters have alleged that widespread voter fraud cost him the election and that he is the real winner.
But his lawyers have been unable to prove the claims in court.
Democrats and Republicans agreed that Brady should have been fired and that the uncounted ballots were a result of human error rather than a deliberate attempt to sabotage a free and fair election.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s top elections official said on Friday that he will certify that Biden won the state’s presidential election after a hand tally stemming from a mandatory audit affirmed the Democrat’s lead over Trump.
Jones is seen above (center) arriving at the State Capitol on Friday. Some of the Trump supporters were seen carrying long rifles
One of the protesters at the ‘stop the steal’ rally brought an Alex Jones mask to the demonstration in Atlanta on Friday
Another conspiracy theorist, Nick Fuentes, is seen above addressing the crowd of Trump supporters in Atlanta on Friday
Trump supporters waved banners and flags rally for the third day in a row as they held a ‘stop the steal’ protest outside the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday
Jones and others have repeated unfounded conspiracy theories suggesting that the election was fixed
‘I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the will of the people,’ Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said.
The hand count showed Biden won by more than 12,000 votes out of about 5 million cast, according to data released by Raffensperger’s office Thursday.
‘Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie,’ Raffensperger said during a news conference at the state Capitol.
State law requires Raffensperger to certify the election results by 5pm on Friday. Then, Governor Brian Kemp has until 5 pm on Saturday to certify the state’s slate of 16 presidential electors.
Kemp announced a news conference for Friday at 5pm.
The Republican governor hasn’t stepped forward to defend the integrity of this year’s elections amid attacks by Trump and other members of his own party, who claim without evidence that the presidential vote in Georgia was tainted by fraud.
Kemp has neither endorsed Trump’s fraud claims nor backed Raffensperger in his assertion that the election was conducted fairly.
CNN reported Kemp will certify the results at his press conference.
The rally took place on the same day Georgia’s secretary of state certified Biden as the winner of the state’s 16 electoral college votes
Trump and his supporters have alleged that Biden won due to massive voter fraud though no evidence has emerged to support the charge