New ballot audits are being reported in Georgia and New Hampshire as Republicans have demanded election audits in a number of states in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s November loss. The baseless claim that there was widespread fraud has persisted among some conservatives, despite the lack of evidence.
A ballot audit will take place in Georgia’s Fulton County after a judge ruled Friday that absentee ballots could be unsealed for parties looking to examine them for evidence of fraud. The review of absentee ballots in the state’s most populous county will begin when the judge reviews the terms of the audit, according to CNN.
CNN noted that the Fulton County ballot audit will not alter Georgia’s election results — which have already been certified for President Joe Biden.
The news outlet also reported that another audit in Windham, New Hampshire, a small town of 14,000 residents, has turned into “one of the flashpoints in the attempts of former President Donald Trump and his supporters to cast doubt on the outcome of the 2020 election.”
As noted by CNN, “the stakes, in terms of election outcomes, are low: the dispute is over 91 votes discrepancy in a local election. But Trump supporters were seizing on the discrepancies there to call the entire state’s results into question.
New Hampshire, while crucial in the presidential nominating process due to its status as the first-in-the-nation primary state, was not a major prize in the 2020 general election: Biden won the state’s four electoral votes by 7 percentage points, drawing nearly 60,000 more votes than Trump in a state where about 800,000 ballots were cast, on his way to a 306-to-232 electoral vote victory.