Georgia county absentee ballot envelope audit finds no fraud

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Cobb County Election officials handle ballots during a machine recount, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Marietta, Ga. County election workers across Georgia have begun an official machine recount of the roughly 5 million votes cast in the presidential race in the state. The recount was requested by President Donald Trump after certified results showed him losing the state to Democrat Joe Biden by 12,670 votes, or 0.25% (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

ATLANTA (AP) — Investigators who audited the signatures on more than 15,000 absentee ballot envelopes in one Georgia county say they found “no fraudulent absentee ballots.”

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced earlier this month that his office would work with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to do the signature audit in suburban Atlanta’s Cobb County.

The audit report says the investigators reviewed about 10% of the total absentee ballot envelopes received in Cobb County for the November general election.

The report says the Cobb County elections department had “a 99.99% accuracy rate in performing correct signature verification procedures.”

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