Thursday, November 19, 2020
For the past few days, the Georgia Secretary of State has been conducting a state-wide hand audit of ballots in the Presidential election. As the recount winds down, there is no indication of fraud and while some additional uncounted ballots were located in one county, President-elect Joe Biden maintained his firm lead.
Those who have been hearing the President crying "fraud," with no evidence presented to date, as well as those who are concerned about the pressure that has been placed on local election officials to illegally suppress votes, should all take comfort in the fact that the Carter Center deployed teams to monitor the recount in counties throughout Georgia. According to the Carter Center, its role is to "assess the postelection audit and related processes to help bolster transparency and confidence in election results." Says the Center, "[a]udits help confirm that the winners of an electoral contest did in fact receive the most votes. The exercise, which is open to the public, reinforces transparency in the electoral system."
The Carter Center has deep experience with non-partisan election monitoring, but it has not previously been on the ground to monitor in the United States. Other recent elections monitored by the Carter Center include Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire, and Myanmar.