McDONOUGH — Last Friday, Henry County Elections & Registration began the laborious task of recounting all 123,377 ballots cast in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

As of Tuesday morning, Poll Coordinator Brook Schreiner said the work is going well and that counters have completed the recount of all absentee by mail and Election Day ballots.

Counters started on the advanced in-person ballots when counting stopped for the night at 8:30 p.m. Monday. Schreiner said a total of 70,410 ballots were counted Monday, leaving roughly 52,000 to count on Tuesday. She estimated the counting will be completed on Tuesday, ahead of the Wednesday midnight deadline.

The recount is part of a state-wide Risk-Limited Audit ordered by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. He made the announcement on Nov. 11, stating the recount is part of the state’s regular audit of election results. Only presidential votes are being counted.

The RLA checks paper ballots against results tallied by voting machines to ensure election results match.

A total of 123,377 ballots were cast by Henry County residents.

Locally, Joe Biden won 59.70% of the vote with 73,276 ballots. President Donald Trump earned 48,187 votes or 39.26%.

Statewide, Biden earned 2,472,050 votes and 2,457,895 ballots were cast for Trump.

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