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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the state will conduct a risk-limiting audit of the presidential race. He said the state will work with county officials to complete the recount in time for the Nov. 20 deadline to certify Georgia’s statewide election results. “We’ll be counting every single piece of paper, every single ballot. Every single lawfully cast, legal ballot,” he said. President-elect Joe Biden’s lead in the state currently stands at more than 14,000 votes out of nearly 5 million cast.
During the audit, election officers will work on batches of paper ballots, dividing them into piles for each candidate. The piles will then be run through machines to count the number of ballots for each candidate. The scanners will simply count the ballots and will not read the data on them. Georgia’s audit risk limit of not greater than 10 percent means that 90 percent of ballots must match in order to pass. After the audit’s results are certified, a recount can be requested if the race’s margin is within 0.5 percent.
In a call Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh and Rep. Doug Collings referred to the upcoming process as a “first step.” Collins called it a victory for integrity and transparency. Collins and the Georgia GOP on Tuesday called for a “recount and recanvass” wherever necessary.
Paige Hill, a Biden spokesperson, said, “At the end of this hand recount process, we are confident the Election Day result will be reaffirmed: Georgians have selected Joe Biden as their next commander in chief.”
Earlier this week, Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who each face a runoff election on Jan. 5, called on Raffensperger to step down. They said that there were “too many failures” in the state’s election and accused him of mismanagement and a lack of transparency. Raffensperger responded by saying that “emotions are running high,” but added that he would not step down and would execute his duties as secretary of state.
Georgia to manually recount every ballot as Biden leads by 14K votes – Fox News – 11/11/2020
Trump’s camp continues to wage legal battles in some of the battleground states that are still counting votes, filing lawsuits challenging the count in Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Nevada. The Georgia suit, which hinged on a poll worker claiming he saw 53 late ballots illegally compiled with a group of eligible ballots, was tossed out by a Chatham County judge on Thursday.
Georgia Secretary of State Orders Hand Recount After Attacks by His Own Party – The Daily Beast – 11/11/2020
Biden does not need to win Georgia to have secured the 270 votes needed to become the next president, but Trump and his allies have continued to allege large scale voter fraud as the president has refused to concede the election to his Democratic challenger. On a press call Wednesday, the Trump campaign made clear it sees the Georgia recount as one step in the broader plan to ensure that the president is re-elected.
Georgia Secretary Of State Brad Raffensperger Announces Full Hand Recount Of 2020 Presidential Votes – Daily Caller – 11/11/2020
President-elect Joe Biden currently leads President Donald Trump by 14,000 votes in the race after overtaking Trump’s early lead after Election Day. The Trump campaign has leveled numerous accusations of voter fraud against Democrats in Georgia and other battleground states. Raffensperger said the recount will begin Wednesday.
Georgia SOS Announces Hand Recount In State Biden Leads By Over 14K Votes – Talking Points Memo – 11/11/2020
He brushed off the piling on from the senators, Trump campaign and state Republicans, acknowledging that “emotions are running high” but flatly refusing to resign. He also shared his doubt that there was enough illegal voting to flip the state red. “Does it rise to the numbers or margin necessary to change the outcome to where President Trump is given Georgia’s electoral votes? That is unlikely,” he said.