Thursday, November 05, 2020

Oconee County Has Small Number Of Military And Overseas Ballots Remaining To Be Counted

***Deadline Is 5 p.m. On Friday***

As of late morning on Thursday, Oconee County had a total of 31 outstanding military and overseas ballots that had not been counted, according to Jennifer Stone, assistant director of Elections and Registration for the county.

Stone said the office will continue to accept mailed ballots from military and overseas voters until 5 p.m. on Friday. Ballots have to have been postmarked by Tuesday.

In addition, five voters who used Provisional Ballots on Tuesday have until 5 p.m. on Friday to provide needed information to allow the county to count those ballots.

Stone said the office most likely would deal with all the remaining ballots after the 5 p.m. deadline on Friday. 

The Board of Elections and Registration is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday of  next week at the conference room of the Board of Elections and Registration Office to certify the results of the Nov. 3 election.

That office is located at 10 Court Street across the street from the Courthouse in Watkinsville.

Tuesday Count

The county completed counting ballots, including absentee ballots, about 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, which Stone said was the quickest ever for a general election.

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So the ongoing counting to determine the outcome of the presidential race and whether the U.S. Senate race involving incumbent Republican David Perdue and Democrat John Ossoff goes to a runnoff does not involve any Oconee County ballots.

“Thankfully we were well prepared, organized and planned ahead to make that happen,” Stone wrote in an email this afternoon about the counting on election evening.

Of the 30,071 active registered voters in the county, 25,388 cast a ballot by the end of the day on Tuesday, for a turnout rate of 84.4 percent.

Of those votes, 15,972 were cast in-person in early voting. The county had issued 7,435 absentee ballots by mail and had received 5,516 as of the end of the day on Oct. 30, when early voting ended.

Presidential Voting And Mode

Across the state, President Donald Trump’s lead over Joe Biden has shrunk as absentee ballots have been tallied. Those ballots have been more Democratic.

That was the case in Oconee County as well.

Of the 25,388 voters who cast a ballot by the end of the day on Tuesday, 25,157 had voted in the presidential race, and 15,882 (63.1 percent) had voted in-person before Nov. 3.

Another 5,759 (22.9 percent) voted via a absentee ballot, with the remaining 3,516 (14.0 percent) voting in-person on election day .

Trump got 70.6 percent of the advanced in-person vote to Biden’s 28.0 percent.

In election-day voting, Trump got 76.2 percent of the vote to Biden’s 20.6 percent.

In absentee balloting, Trump got 46.8 percent of the vote to Biden’s 51.9 percent.

Overall in the county, Trump got 65.9 percent of the vote, Biden got 32.4 percent, and Libertarian Jo Jorgensen got 1.6 percent.

The small number of absentee and provisional ballots, once processed after the deadline on Friday, are not going to change the picture much in the county.

At the state level, however, the difference between Trump and Biden is razor thin, and even small numbers of additional votes could matter.

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