by Robin Kemp
Elections officials resumed counting ballots in Clayton County shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5.
Five teams of three people are examining each paper absentee ballot by hand. An observer from the Republican Party is present, along with The Clayton Crescent.
Observers sit behind a line taped on the floor. By law, observers cannot speak to the people counting ballots.
One person counting the ballots quietly reads each vote on a ballot out loud. A second person tallies those votes. A third person takes the ballot after it has been read off and hands a new one to the person reading, and the process begins again.
it takes about 60 seconds to read each side of a single ballot.