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Fulton to update vote count at 11 a.m., election chief says

By Ben Brasch – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dan Klepal – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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UPDATE 7:27 a.m.: Fulton County elections chief Rick Barron said officials will release more vote totals around 11 a.m. Thursday.

“We’ve scanned 137,134 ballots, we have adjudicated 132,272,” Barron said Thursday morning. “I told the vote review panel an hour ago to come back at 10 a.m. because I didn’t figure it was enough to have them wait around until we had a more significant total to give them.”

“We are going to finish up this morning,” he said.

Fulton County elections officials Thursday morning were close to completing the arduous task of processing and counting the last of approximately 140,000 absentee-by-mail ballots.

Elections officials worked throughout Wednesday and into dawn Thursday on the final stacks of ballots, as the nation focused on Georgia and a handful of other states that will decide the presidential election.

As of 4:30 a.m. Thursday, only 10,000 ballots were left and being processed at a rate of about 3,000 per hour.

Fulton entered Wednesday having counted roughly half of its mail-in ballots. Completion time was a moving target throughout the day.