President Donald Trump’s campaign team called for a vote recount of the Georgia state presidential election on Saturday night, the day after state officials certified the results showing that Democrat Joe Biden had won the state, while the president’s legal team continues with its allegations of widespread fraud, but without presenting evidence.
The Georgia results showed that Biden beat Trump by 12,670 votes of the 5 million cast, or 0.25%. State law allows a candidate to request a recount only if the margin is less than 0.5%. Republican Governor Brian Kemp made the state Electoral College’s 16-vote list official.
The Trump campaign personally delivered a letter to the state secretary’s office, requesting a recount in an election that has been plagued with unfounded allegations of fraud by Trump and his supporters.
“Today, the Trump campaign filed a recount petition in Georgia,” read a statement from Trump’s legal team. “We are focused on ensuring that all aspects of Georgia State Law and the United States Constitution are met so that every legal vote is counted.”
On Friday, when certifying state votes for the Electoral College, Kemp also expressed concern about the signatures, but the state secretary of government, Republican Brad Raffensperger, has reiterated his confidence in the results. In an opinion piece published Saturday in the Washington Post, he said: “Georgia’s voting system has never been more secure or reliable.”
In fact, signatures on absentee ballot requests and envelopes should be checked when received.
The counting will be done by scanners that read and tabulate the votes. County poll workers have already done a full manual recount of all votes cast in the presidential race, but that stemmed from a mandatory audit requirement and is not considered an official recount under the law.
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