Georgia’s top election official recertified the state’s election results Monday after a recount requested by President Donald Trump once again confirmed that Democrat Joe Biden won the entity, and then the governor recertified all 16 voters. state presidential elections.
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“We have now counted legally deposited ballots three times, and the results remain unchanged,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said during a news conference on the state Capitol before the results were recertified.
Georgia law allows a losing candidate to request a recount if the margin of difference between the candidates is within 0.5%. Trump requested the recount after results certified by Raffensperger showed Biden winning by a margin of 12,670 votes, 0.25% of the roughly $ 5 million cast.
During the recount, which was conducted using scanners that read and count votes, there were discrepancies in total ballots in some counties. As the results of a recount become official, those counties had to recertify their results. Once that was done, the secretary of state recertified the results across the state, his office said in a statement.
Gov. Brian Kemp then recertified the state’s list of 16 presidential voters, all prominent Democrats, as required by state law, spokesman Cody Hall said. The recertification of the results took place before the federal “safe harbor” deadline expired on Tuesday: according to state law, voters named by that date cannot be ignored by Congress.
The vote count was the third in the presidential race in the state. After the initial count after the election, Raffensperger selected the presidential vote for an audit required by state law. Due to the narrow margin, the audit required that the roughly 5 million votes in that race be counted by hand, he said. That count also reaffirmed Biden’s victory.
The total number of votes in the counting results certified Monday and posted on the secretary of state’s website was 766 less than the number certified when the ballots were first counted after the election. Biden’s lead decreased from 12,670 to 11,779. That appears to be largely due to a discrepancy in Fulton County, the most populous county in the state, where most of Atlanta is located.
Recount results in Fulton County showed 880 fewer votes than certified results after Election Night, and an overwhelming majority of those votes came from Biden’s county total.
Gabriel Sterling, who oversaw the implementation of the new voting system in the state, called the discrepancy in the county “a little concerning,” but said it is a large county that has had administrative problems. He also noted that the difference is not enough to modify the general outcome of the elections.