Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who ordered a certified test lab to conduct an audit of a random sample of Georgia voting machines, said the verification was complete, ensuring the machines were not tampered with.
“We are happy, but we are not surprised that the audit of state voting machines was a success,” Raffensperger, a Republican, said in a press release. “Election security has been an absolute priority since day one of my administration,” he said.
“We have worked with the Department of Homeland Security, the Georgia Cyber Center, Georgia Tech security experts and a wide range of other state and country election security experts so that Georgian voters can be confident that their vote is safe. Raffensperger said.
Raffensperger’s announcement came as Georgia manually counted votes, following a close result between President Donald Trump and Democratic opponent Joe Biden.
Georgia is trying to certify the election results by the November 20 deadline.
NBC News, which announced on November 7 that the presidential election was won by Hoe Biden, also predicted that Biden was the first Democrat to win the 1992 presidential race in Georgia.
Raffensperger said a laboratory certified by the U.S. Electoral Commission, Pro V&V, used forensic techniques to inspect Dominion Voting Systems voting machines.
The lab also extracted the software from scanners and marking devices to ensure that only approved technology was used during state elections.
According to Pro V&V, all software on the tested machines was verified as Georgia-approved technology.
Trump acknowledged Biden’s victory, but continued to challenge the integrity of the voting process without evidence.
With this announcement, Georgia – a state long controlled by Republican politicians – has dealt another blow to Trump’s allegations of vote fraud.
Last week, Trump’s lawyers dropped a legal challenge to a number of ballots in Maricopa County, Arizona, saying Biden’s lead in the state was too great for the ballots to make a difference. In Michigan, a judge rejected Trump’s supporters’ request to block certification of Detroit election results.
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