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UPDATES: Close races getting closer as Georgia counts votes

By Tamar Hallerman – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Greg Bluestein – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

David Wickert – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Sluggish vote counting in metro Atlanta creating headaches

2:25 p.m.

Georgia law allows time to count ballots

By Mark Niesse

Poll workers have time to finish Georgia’s vote count before the state’s deadlines.

While many want quick results, they’ll have to wait on county election officials.

Georgia law gives counties until next Friday, Nov. 13, to finalize and certify their election results.

Until then, election officials can continue counting absentee ballots received before the state’s 7 p.m. Election Day deadline.

In addition, voters have until this Friday to correct problems with absentee or provisional ballots, such as mismatched signatures or voter registration issues. Election officials will also conduct recounts when required, double-check vote counts and conduct the first audit of results in a statewide race. The race to be audited hasn’t yet been announced by the secretary of state’s office.

Even after next week, the count still isn’t finished.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has until Nov. 20 to certify results.

Then runoffs, if necessary, in state races will be held Dec. 1.

The Electoral College will meet Dec. 14 to cast votes for president.

A runoff for U.S. Senate between Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock is scheduled for Jan. 5.

2:15 p.m.

McBath speaks after 6th District victory

U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath issued a video statement Wednesday following her election victory over Republican Karen Handel in the 6th Congressional District. You can watch the statement here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2663069033955696

Handel issued her own statement: “Although votes are still being counted here in GA-6, the margin for me appears to be too big to close. Last night was another tough night for Republicans in Georgia’s suburbs, but there were some bright spots across the country with Republicans picking up a few seats in the U.S. House.”