Trump requests re-counting of votes in Georgia

Nafter the narrow victory of his Democratic rival Joe Biden in the presidential election in Georgia, the incumbent President Donald Trump requested a recount in the state. The corresponding application was submitted on Saturday, said his campaign team. His lawyers said this was to ensure that every legal vote was counted.

Previously, several lawsuits by Trump’s lawyers against the election results in Georgia – as in several other states – had failed in court. Trump had one more time until Tuesday Recount to apply. He was able to do this because the gap between the candidates is less than 0.5 percentage points.

Georgia had already hand-checked the ballots herself. Georgia state law requires that an election be checked in this way to make sure the machines have counted the votes correctly. However, this count is not an official recount by law.

Trump’s team wants “honest vote count”

After the recount by hand, the lead shrank Bidens before Trump from around 14,000 to 12,670 votes. The responsible State Secretary Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp had confirmed the results on Friday afternoon. Biden won the votes of the state’s 16 electorate. Judge Steven Grimberg had dismissed a conservative attorney’s lawsuit on Friday evening (local time), with which he wanted to stop the authentication of the election result in Georgia.

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Since the difference between Trump and Biden is only 0.25 percentage points, according to state law, a candidate can request a recount – this is provided for if the lead is less than 0.5 percentage points.


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