“As a result of the margin continues to be lower than 0.5%, the President can request a recount after certification of the outcomes. That recount can be performed by rescanning all paper ballots,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had stated in a press release on Friday after a state audit of the presidential outcomes had been accomplished.
President-elect Joe Biden, who was declared the winner Friday as the state licensed the outcomes, has a 12,670 vote or .2% lead over President Donald Trump in Georgia.
Georgia already performed an audit of the presidential ballots, which means all ballots in the presidential race had been counted a second time — which was a defacto recount. The audit was extra rigorous than the recount can be as the audit was a hand recount of each poll, whereas the new recount can be accomplished by a machine rescan.

Below Georgia regulation, the Trump campaign had two enterprise days from Friday’s certification to request the recount, which can be taxpayer-funded.

“Right now, the Trump campaign filed a petition for recount in Georgia. We’re targeted on making certain that each facet of Georgia State Regulation and the U.S. Structure are adopted so that each authorized vote is counted. President Trump and his campaign proceed to insist on an trustworthy recount in Georgia, which has to embody signature matching and different very important safeguards,” the Trump campaign stated in a press release.

“Final week’s recount reaffirmed what we already knew: Georgia voters chosen Joe Biden to be their subsequent president. As the Secretary of State stated, there isn’t any cause to imagine there are widespread errors or fraud and the Trump campaign has no proof to again up their baseless claims,” stated Jaclyn Rothenberg, the Georgia communications director for Biden’s campaign. “Any additional recount will merely reaffirm Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia a 3rd time.”

Signature matching for mail-in ballots just isn’t accomplished in recounts, nevertheless, in accordance to campaign regulation skilled Jonathan Diaz, a MeSlop contributor. Evaluating of signatures on envelopes of mail-in ballots to these on file is finished earlier in the course of. The Trump campaign was upset extra ballots weren’t thrown out due to signature points.

Diaz stated “no recount goes to change” the margin of greater than 12,000 votes.

“There is not any actual level in them doing so, aside from to proceed to drag out this course of and trigger additional delays,” Diaz stated. “It’s a time of nonsense,” he stated of the recount request. “The warfare is over.”

This story has been up to date to embody extra context and a press release from the Biden campaign.

MeSlop’s Noah Broder, Morgan Rimmer and Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.