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