At the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, counters and adjudicators are in heavy presence as absentee ballot vote counting is underway.
This is how the process works:
Adjudicators look at ballots that may be controversial because they may be signed incorrectly or they may not properly indicate the intent of the voter. They decide if that vote in question should be counted.
The workers sort the ballots, they then count the ballots, and then elsewhere in the room, the adjudicators — the Republican, the Democrat and the independent —look out for mistakes.
“The most typical mistake they see on a ballot is a mistake that's done on purpose. And that is people sign Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck in the write-ins,” CNN’s Gary Tuchman reports. “That's a more common thing that we see in some of these counties.”
In the neighboring DeKalb County, they had groups of four adjudicators. They worked together — one Republican, one Democrat, two independents. They then vote on whether a ballot is OK, that its intent can be ascertained. The vote is usually unanimous but if it’s 2-2, they call an election supervisor in the room to break the tie but that’s rarely an issue.
Where the race stands: President Trump is leading in Georgia but his lead has decreased through the day as more absentee ballots get counted.
“There is a mathematical chance that with the 235,000 votes that need to be counted that something could change in the race. As you know, you have to be very careful with making that assumption,” Tuchman reported.
CNN's Gary Tuchman explains the process and takes viewers behind the scenes: