Georgia schedules another recount; Republicans express concern that high-speed scanner may not verify signatures

Another recount of the votes cast in the 2020 presidential election will happen in Georgia, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

While the previous recount was done by hand, this recount will be conducted by high-speed scanners.

Uncounted votes

During Georgia’s hand recount, 2,755 uncounted votes from Fayette County and 2,600 uncounted votes from Floyd County were found, both in President Donald Trump’s favor, according to WSB-TV.

Nevertheless, the audit found that Trump lost the state of Georgia by just over 12,000 votes. With such a narrow gap between the two candidates, the president and his team asked for another recount on Saturday.

“Today, the Trump campaign filed a petition for recount in Georgia,” the Trump campaign said in a statement, according to The Washington Post. “We are focused on ensuring that every aspect of Georgia State Law and the U.S. Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted.”

Signature verification

Although the petition for a recount has been granted, it remains unclear whether the recount will proceed with signature verification, as the president’s team has requested.

In its statement Saturday, the Trump campaign said that it insists on “an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature matching and other vital safeguards.”

Trump and his team have been joined by a number of Republicans in asking for signature verification to be part of the recount process. “I support President Trump’s request for a recount in Georgia, one in which signatures on absentee ballot envelopes are properly matched and verified to their signature on the registration. Anything less than that will not be a full and transparent recount,” Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) tweeted Sunday.

However, according to the Voting System Implementation Manager at Georgia Secretary of State’s Office Gabriel Sterling, the ballot is no longer attached to the voter’s envelope. “There’s not a way for us to tie ballots back to those envelopes,” Sterling told Fox 5. “It’s always a public process. They could’ve been there on the front end to watch this process.

What now?

It is not yet clear when the recount will take place.

According to Fox 5, Georgia’s secretary of State is currently “working on the logistics of another recount.”

Trump has said that believes if legal and only legal votes are counted in Georgia, he will win the state.

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