Joe Biden received 12,284 more votes than President Donald Trump in Georgia, who has 16 electors.
However, the verification reduced the gap between the two candidates by just under 1,100 votes, a situation that the authorities – Republican – attributed to errors and not to a voluntary decision.
According to the final results, Joe Biden finished with 2,475,141 votes, and Trump with 2,462,857.
Georgia’s first historic statewide audit showed that the new system […] vote counted and reported the results accurately, said Brad Raffensperger, who has for several days become the scapegoat for President Trump and his allies.
The verification confirmed the initial election result that Joe Biden won the presidential contest in the state of Georgia.
Manual counting was found to be largely consistent with electronic voting, but the process discovered that around 5,900 ballots had not been counted, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Some 3,300 ballots in three counties were stored in memory cards that had not been loaded into voting computers, and some 2,600 more in Floyd County had not been read by an electronic reader. The county has also fired its electoral director.
Earlier today, Donald Trump’s re-election team failed in court to prevent the certification of results, scheduled for Friday.
The development does not necessarily end the saga, however, as the Trump campaign can always demand a new count, which would be separate from the manual verification process that Georgia had ordered, citing the close results.
This state’s electoral law allows candidates’ campaigns to request it after certification of the results if the difference is less than 0.5 percentage point. The procedure would then be to resubmit the ballots to the digital reader.
Georgia had not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1992. In 2016, Donald Trump had won the state by 5 percentage points.
According to the results recorded by the analysis site Cook Political Report, Joe Biden garnered nearly 79.7 million votes, about 6 million more than the president. The president-designate thus obtained 51% of the popular vote, against 47.2% for the opponent he beat.
The Trump camp still seeks to overturn the election result
Despite taking setback after setback in court, the Trump campaign continues to claim victory, despite theelection of Democrat Joe Biden, and looks for ways to “overturn the election”.
American media Washington Post, New York Times and CNN reported that the president invited elected Republican members of the Michigan legislature to meet with him in Washington on Friday.
Several allies of the president have already expressed their desire to see legislatures in key states where Republicans have a majority, such as Michigan, nominate their own pro-Trump grand voters instead of those nominated by popular vote.
In that state, Joe Biden garnered some 157,000 votes more than his opponent.
The president-designate won Michigan, but also the key states of Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia, six states with a total of 79 voters.
Joe Biden denounced the
incredible irresponsibility of the president, who refuses to recognize the election results and blocks the transition process, as the pandemic continues to kill thousands of Americans.
It sends incredibly damaging messages to the rest of the world about how democracy works, he said during a press conference held after a virtual meeting with several governors of the two parties.
What the president is doing now is one more incident that history will remember him as one of the most irresponsible presidents in the history of the United States.
He did not rule out filing a lawsuit to gain formal recognition from the General Service Administration (GSA), the federal agency supposed to sign the documentation needed to begin the transition process. Such recognition, usually a formality, would give it the financial and logistical resources to carry out the work of the transition.
He was careful, however, to make it clear that he did not think this would be the most effective course of action.
Lots of claims, no evidence
During a press conference in Washington, lawyers for the US president, including Rudy Giuliani, also shouted electoral fraud again, exposing fanciful theories that Donald Trump, who lost the election, had actually signed a
For more than an hour and a half, they multiplied conspiracy allegations, brandishing, without proof, a vast
stratagem involving Joe Biden, Democrats, Democratic Cities
corrupt, Cuba, Venezuela – even referring to the deceased dictator Hugo Chavez -, and
probably china, the antifas, the American Jewish billionaire financier George Soros, the Clinton Foundation and the Dominion Voting company Systems, whose electronic voting software has been used in some states.
Sweating profusely, to the point where his temporary dye trickled down his face, Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor and former metropolitan federal prosecutor, claimed that the Trump campaign’s legal team had enough
evidence of the existence of
illegal votes for
overturn the election in the six states whose results it contests.
A few days ago, Donald Trump presented him as the
spearhead of the legal efforts of his campaign, after the withdrawal of several of his lawyers.
The senior electoral security official dismissed by the president Earlier this week, Chris Krebs took to Twitter to denounce the conspiracies put forward by Donald Trump’s lawyers.
This press conference was the most dangerous hour and three quarters of television in American history. And maybe the craziest.
Mr Krebs, while still director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), had contradicted the unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud.
A few days ago, Mr. Krebs, a key player in the federal electoral security apparatus, had signed, with the officials of several national and local electoral authorities, a joint statement ensuring the integrity and security of the election, presented as
safest in history, before being fired by the president for this reason.