Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has called for a statewide recount of election ballots to be done by hand after President-elect Joe Biden won the state by a razor-thin margin of 14,000 votes; an outcome President Trump felt was unlikely in the South.
“With the margin being so close, it will require a full, by-hand recount in each county,” Raffensperger declared at a press conference. “We’ll be counting every single piece of paper, every single ballot. every single lawfully cast, legal ballot,” he added.
President Trump’s campaign team is hoping that a recount could flip Georgia to Trump, making his chances of winning the 2020 election slightly greater. In addition, a recount has already been called for Wisconsin with another in Pennsylvania following accusations of widespread voter fraud.
Although Trump has failed to provide hard evidence for the voter fraud he is citing, there is a chance that an investigation could yield surprising results that would turn around the projected outcome for the election. By December, all states will have to issue a final verdict on the vote.
Georgia plans to have a final recount completed by Nov. 20 according to Raffensperger, with former Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) leading the charge on behalf of the Trump campaign. If the President were to lose Georgia in the face of a recount, his chances of winning the election become even slimmer.
Raffensperger has apparently been in the spotlight recently as Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue called for his resignation, saying there have been “too many failures in Georgia elections this year.” What exactly is meant by the statement remains to be seen.
For Americans watching the election drag on, a final result in Georgia will be a big step forward in bringing one of the most contentious elections in American history to a fateful close.
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