Second Georgia Recount Officially Requested by Trump Campaign
Following the completion of a mandatory hand-recount of ballots cast in Georgia last week for the presidential race, President Donald Trump's campaign has officially requested an additional recount in the state.
Following the completion of a mandatory hand-recount of ballots cast in Georgia last week for the presidential race, President Donald Trump’s campaign has officially requested an additional recount in the state.
Last week’s recount reaffirmed candidate Joe Biden’s lead in the vote tally by a margin of 12,670 votes, about a quarter percent. On Friday the vote totals were certified leading to candidate Joe Biden being declared the winner in the state.
The initial recount was the result of a mandatory audit requirement. “Because of the tight margin in that race, a full hand count of ballots was necessary to complete the audit,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said.
In Georgia, an additional recount can be requested by a candidate when the marginal difference between the vote tallies is within a half-percent.
The Trump campaign has criticized the first recount claiming the audit did not audit voter signatures, a process they believe will expose improperly counted ballots or even fraud.
“We are focused on ensuring that every aspect of Georgia State Law and the U.S. Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted,” the Trump 2020 Campaign said in a statement. “President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature matching and other vital safeguards.”
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the recount is expected to start this week.
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