Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

Flanked by county elections directors from across the state, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announces on Nov. 11 that there will be a full hand recount of ballots cast in the presidential race.

ATLANTA — In the midst of a tumultuous election process Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is in self-quarantine after his wife tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the secretary of state’s office, Raffensperger’s wife, Tricia, tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday. Raffensperger's test came back negative on Friday, his office said. He and his leadership team will continue to work from home as a precaution. 

Statewide Voting Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling declined to comment on the health of the secretary of state on Thursday but noted he will also likely be tested.

The news comes the day after Raffensperger announced the state will undertake a full hand recount of the presidential race across all 159 counties — a daunting task that will test the stamina of elections officials already in the second week of tabulating votes.

Sterling said Raffensperger’s health will not affect the election tallies and recount process moving forward, as all the physical work to hand count the ballots is done in county elections offices.

"The work of this recount is being done at the county level,” he said. “That is where the boots on the ground are."

Raffensperger last addressed a group of reporters on Wednesday outside of the Capitol, flanked by county elections directors from across Georgia.

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