THOMASVILLE — A hand count of more than 20,000 Thomas County votes cast in the 2020 presidential race begins Monday.
The recount by hand of about 22,000 ballots begins at 9 a.m. at the Thomas County elections office.
"We're going to have to count every ballot," said Frank Scoggins, Thomas County election supervisor. "It's a 100% count of all the presidential ballots."
The deadline to complete the recount is Friday, Nov. 20.
The decision to recount presidential race votes came after President Donald Trump and his supporters cast doubt on Georgia election results.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger said there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
The statewide Georgia electorate has not voted Democratic in a presidential election since 1992.
Some 5 million presidential votes were cast in Georgia.
Scoggins has advised Thomas County Republican and Democrat party chairmen about the recount.
"I encourage bipartisan participation," he said.
In addition to elections office staff, general election poll workers will assist in the recount.
After the recount, the elections office will begin preparations for two Georgia U.S. Senate seat runoff races on Jan. 5.
Scoggins said the Georgia Public Service Commission runoff scheduled for Dec. 1 has been combined with the Jan. 5 Senate runoff races.
Monday, Dec. 7, is the deadline to register to vote in the Jan. 5 runoff races.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820