Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced in a press conference that the state will officially be doing a total recount. He ordered all of the state’s 159 counties to complete a hand recount and audit of all votes cast in the 2020 presidential race.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announces there will be a full hand recount of the state’s presidential race. Joe Biden currently leads President Trump by more than 14,000 votes https://t.co/tsv7cn2sSZ pic.twitter.com/IIm7Vvz3QB
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Secretary Raffensperger said that the margins are so close, “it will require a full by hand recount in each county.” The Georgia Secretary of State designated this presidential race as needing a ‘risk-limiting audit (RLA)’ to ensure all legal votes are counted.
Secretary of State Raffensperger says that “it will be an audit, a recount, and a recanvas all at once.” He said to expect the Presidential race to get the ‘RLA’ designation by 1:00 pm today.
“This will help built confidence” in the election that is currently trending around the world, Raffensperger says. With thousands of Americans calling on audits and recounts, Georgia is now the first to announce a full manual recount.
American citizens are not the only ones who called for a recount in Georgia. Trump’s campaign was very vocal about wanting a recount on Tuesday.
The Georgia Secretary of State was under immense pressure yesterday after two Republican senators called for him to resign after multiple people claimed the state was riddled in voter fraud. Sen. Loeffler and Sen. Perdue issued a joint statement asking Raffensperger to step down from his position.
Raffensperger refused to step down and wanted to ensure all Georgia citizens that he is working hard to ensure the state has a safe and secure election.
Raffensperger says that he expects this to start by the end of the week and take until November 20th to complete. He says that election workers will be working overtime to complete the nearly 5 million votes cast in the Georgia election.
Georgia is expected to complete the ‘audit, recount, and canvassing’ time to select the electors. The Trump campaign hopes this is the break they need to take the lead in the election.
The campaign has lawsuits in many states including, Nevada, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. These swing states showed their importance this year after thousands of Americans in each state start coming forward, alleging voting irregularities.
Only 14,000 votes separate Joe Biden and President Trump in the state of Georgia. A manual recount of the state – that allegedly stopped Republicans from observing the ballot counting – would give Republicans a chance to view these votes for the first time.
If President Trump ends up losing Georgia and no election fraud was found, the road ahead for him will be much harder. A lot like the two Senate races currently in an election run-off, the entire world will be watching Georgia and what comes of the audit.