Georgia Audit Confirms Trump Victory

March 22nd, 2024

Atlanta - Using the same equipment as in the 2020 election, an audit of the Republican race in the 2024 Presidential Preference Primary confirmed former President Donald Trump as the winner. This week, all 159 Georgia counties conducted a post-election audit of ballots cast in the March 12th Republican Presidential Preference Primary. As part of the audit, every Georgia county was required to count randomly selected ballots totaling 413 batches from across the state, or 7.5% of ballots overall. The risk limiting audit was conducted with a 5% risk limit.

Below is a comparison of the vote totals for each candidate for the batches that were audited:

This small amount of difference is well within the expected margin of error for an audit of this size, and it is largely caused by human error during the hand counting process.

Georgia law mandates that risk-limiting audits must be conducted following any election with statewide or federal contests. All counties participated in the required Risk-Limiting Audit that confirmed the original result as tabulated by the voting equipment. Notably, every audit of a race in Georgia, including the hand-count audit of the 2020 election results, have confirmed that the system functioned properly and that the result was correct.

“Our county election directors are always going above and beyond,” said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “Their hard work secures our voting system, building trust in communities across the state.”

As in November 2022, Georgia’s audit was supported by VotingWorks and their Arlo auditing software.

CLICK HERE for a report with audit summary data.

CLICK HERE for a zip file with all of the ballot manifests and machine batch tallies. This includes all batches statewide, including those that were audited. You can confirm that these were the same batch tallies that we started the audit with by performing a SHA256 hash of the file and matching it to the tweet from Gabriel Sterling (@GabrielSterling) from 03/19/2024 at 8:57PM Eastern Time.

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Georgia is recognized as a national leader in elections. It was the first state in the country to implement the trifecta of automatic voter registration, at least 17 days of early voting (which has been called the “gold standard”), and no-excuse absentee voting. Georgia continues to set records for voter turnout and election participation, seeing the largest increase in average turnout of any other state in the 2018 midterm election and record turnout in 2020, and 2022. 2022 achieved the largest single day of in-person early voting turnout in Georgia midterm history utilizing Georgia’s secure, paper ballot voting system. Most recently, Georgia ranked #1 for Election Integrity by the Heritage Foundation, a top ranking for Voter Accessibility by the Center for Election Innovation & Research and tied for number one in Election Administration by the Bipartisan Policy Center.