“With the margin being so shut, it is going to require a full by hand recount in every county,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, mentioned at a information convention in Atlanta. “It will assist construct confidence.”

“It will likely be an audit, a recount and a recanvas suddenly,” he added.

Raffensperger’s announcement comes as he has confronted strain from President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign for a recount, calls from fellow Georgia Republicans to resign and accusations of mismanaging the election course of.

Consideration has turned to Georgia the place each two high-stakes US Senate races seem headed for January runoffs and is inflicting friction amongst Republicans within the state. Earlier this week, the 2 GOP senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, combating for reelection, demanded Raffensperger resign from workplace, accusing him with out proof of failing to “ship trustworthy and clear elections.”

MeSlop has not projected a winner within the Georgia presidential race, however Biden at present leads Trump by greater than 14,000 votes within the state — a lead that Raffensperger beforehand mentioned is “unlikely” to be overtaken in a recount.

MeSlop has projected that Biden will win the presidential election. Trump has not conceded within the race, and as an alternative has made unfounded claims about widespread voter fraud and mail-in ballots.

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The Georgia Republican Occasion and US Rep. Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican who’s main the Trump marketing campaign’s recount efforts within the state, on Tuesday requested a pre-certification “handbook hand recount of each poll forged throughout the State of Georgia” for president.

Collins and the Trump marketing campaign on Wednesday celebrated the recount choice from the Georgia secretary of state as a victory for “integrity” and “transparency.”

“This is a crucial first step within the course of to be sure that the election was truthful and that each authorized vote was counted,” Trump marketing campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh mentioned in a name with reporters.

Throughout Wednesday’s press convention, Raffensperger denied that the Trump marketing campaign influenced the state’s choice.

“We’re doing this as a result of it is actually what makes essentially the most sense,” he mentioned. “With the nationwide significance of this race, and the closeness of this race, we’ve got to run a statewide audit.”

Raffensperger mentioned he expects the recount to be achieved in time for Georgia’s certification of the presidential outcomes, which has a November 20 deadline. The Trump marketing campaign is attempting to delay certification in some key states as half of a longshot try to overturn the outcomes by way of the Electoral Faculty.

Raffensperger mentioned he hopes to begin the recount earlier than the week ends. Up to now, 97 of Georgia’s 159 counties have already licensed their outcomes, however all of the county certifications are nonetheless required by Friday, he mentioned.

He mentioned he would formally designate the presidential race as the topic of the danger limiting audit later Wednesday.

Raffensperger mentioned as soon as the outcomes are licensed on November 20, a candidate throughout the 0.5% margin will nonetheless give you the option to request a “recount,” however that it could be a “scanned recount” achieved by machines.

He acknowledged that the audit can be costly and “a heavy carry” and that election employees can be working extra time.

Sometimes, threat limiting audits like these solely look at a small pattern of the votes, however Raffensperger cited the slender margin as the rationale officers will re-check each poll forged within the presidential race.

This story has been up to date with further particulars.

MeSlop’s Maegan Vasquez, Jason Morris, Tina Burnside and Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.