Georgia still has over 122,000 ballots needed to be counted

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NBC's Blayne Alexander says there are more than 122,000 votes to be counted in Georgia, and only 44,000 votes separate former VP Joe Biden and President Trump. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:

Georgia has about 60,000 ballots left to count and the tally in the swing state is expected to be completed Thursday, state election officials said at a morning news conference.

Most of the outstanding ballots remain in Chatham, Fulton, Clayton and Gwinnett counties. Results from Chatham County have been slow because the county’s registration system is separate from its election division.

With tight vote margins between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, state election officials say ballot counters are facing heightened pressure.

“Fast is great. We appreciate fast. We more appreciate accuracy,” said Gabriel Sterling, voting system implementation manager for Georgia’s secretary of state.

Voters have until Friday to correct signatures or otherwise “cure” ballots with errors. Provisional ballots will also be dealt with by Friday.

Georgia election officials confirmed the possibility of a statewide recount. State laws allow a request for recount if the official results’ margin is or less. Election officials said every county has high-capacity scanners fit to conduct a recount if necessary.

The state’s presidential race is still too close to call, according to NBC News projections. Trump leads by with 96% of the vote in, NBC News projects.

At stake in Georgia are 16 electoral votes. Biden has 253 electoral votes to Trump’s 214 in the race for 270, according to NBC News projections with five states still uncalled.

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