Daily US Times: On Monday, top elections official in the state of Georgia recertified the state’s presidential election results after a recount requested by President Trump confirmed once again that Joe Biden won the state, and the governor then recertified the state’s 16 presidential electors.
During a news conference at the state Capitol before the results were recertified, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said: “We have now counted legally cast ballots three times, and the results remain unchanged.”
The law of Georgia allows a losing candidate to request for a recount if the margin between the candidates is within 0.5%. Preisdent Trump requested the recount after the results certified by Raffensperger showed that Biden led by a margin of 0.25% or 12,670 votes, of the roughly 5 million ballots cast.
During the recount, which was done using scanners that tally and read the votes, there were discrepancies in vote totals in some counties. Since the results of a recount become the official, those counties had to recertify their results. Once that was done the secretary of state recertified the statewide results, Brad Raffensperger’s office said in a news release.
The recount in Georgia was the third tally of votes in the presidential race in the state. After the initial count following 3 November Election Day, Raffensperger selected the presidential race for an audit required by state law.
He said, the tight margin meant the audit required the roughly 5 million votes in that contest to be recounted by hand. That count also affirmed Joe Biden’s victory.
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