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Presidential election recounts cost more than a million dollars for nine metro Atlanta counties

Media interview Cobb County elections director during a hand recount in of the 2020 presidential elections. Photo was taken in November 2020 and is courtesy of Conny McCormack.

Nine metro Atlanta election offices responding to an Atlanta Civic Circle inquiry incurred more than a million dollars in unbudgeted expenses for the state’s two mandatory ballot recounts following the 2020 presidential election.

The first was a hand-count required by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Then, former President Donald Trump called for another recount.

Recount expenses totaled about $1.02 million for nine of 12 metro Atlanta elections offices that provided data, including $719,030 for Fulton County and $120,000 for DeKalb County. Cobb and Gwinnett County representatives said they did not break out the cost for the two recounts from their general elections expenditures.

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