President Donald Trump’s campaign called for a recount of votes in Georgia’s presidential race this Saturday, a day after state officials certified results showing Democrat Joe Biden won the state, as his legal team forges ahead with attacks. alleging widespread fraud without proof.
The Georgia results showed that Biden beat Trump by 12,670 votes out of roughly 5 million cast, or 0.25%.
State law allows a candidate to request a recount if the margin is less than 0.5%. Republican Governor Brian Kemp formalized the state’s list of 16 presidential voters.
The Trump campaign sent a hand-delivered letter to the Secretary of State’s Office requesting a recount in an election that has been plagued by unfounded allegations of fraud by Trump and his supporters.
A statement from Trump’s legal team read: “Today, the Trump campaign filed a recount petition in Georgia. We focus on ensuring that all aspects of Georgia State Law and the United States Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted. President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest count in Georgia, which must include signature matching and other vital safeguards. “
On Friday, when certifying state voters, Kemp also expressed concern about the signatures. But Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has reiterated his confidence in the results, saying in an opinion piece published Saturday in the Washington Post: “Georgia’s voting system has never been more secure or reliable.”
Randy Serrano has the information.
And indeed, signatures on absentee ballot requests and envelopes need to be checked when received.
Later Saturday, Raffensperger sent a written message to his deputy asking him to officially notify the county elections directors to prepare for the count and to notify the political parties so they could gather observers at the respective sites.
“This will be heavily scrutinized, so emphasize to counties the importance of transparency and accuracy of the process,” Raffensperger said in instructions to his assistant.
President-elect Biden’s campaign lists the bizarre appearance as a “show” on Guiliani’s part, which only proves how “absurd Donald Trump’s completely discredited allegations are,” said Michael Gawin, a spokesman for Biden’s campaign.
The count will be done by scanners that read and tabulate the votes. County poll workers have already done a complete manual tally of all votes cast in the presidential race. But that stemmed from a mandatory audit requirement and is not considered an official tally under the law.
State law requires a contest to be audited by hand to ensure the machines count the ballots accurately and Raffensperger selected the presidential one. Due to the narrow margin in that contest, a full manual ballot count was necessary to complete the audit, he said.
Trump has criticized the audit, calling it a “joke” in a tweet stating without evidence that “thousands of fraudulent votes have been found.” Twitter has flagged the post for containing disputed information.
Votes that had not previously been counted were found in several counties during the audit, which required recertification of election results in those counties prior to state certification of the results.