Georgia remains one of the few remaining states without a declared winner of its presidential election — and it could be another week or more before a final tally of the votes is certified and presented to the public.
That expected delay comes as Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced on Wednesday that there would be a full recount of the ballots by hand as well as an accompanying audit of each county’s election, The Blaze reported.
Biden’s vanishing edge
Raffensperger was responding to allegations of ballot fraud and election irregularities as the Trump campaign called for a recount and even threatened a lawsuit.
The state’s two GOP senators have also called on the secretary of state to resign in “embarrassment” over the confusion and chaos associated with Georgia’s election process.
Both Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are headed for run-off elections in January, the result of which will determine which party will hold a governing majority in the Senate during its upcoming session.
“This will help build confidence”
During his press conference this week, Raffensperger explained that he had selected the presidential race for a statewide audit and recount due to its razor-thin margins.
As WSB reported, Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump in the state had diminished to roughly 14,000 votes.
“With the margin being so close, it will require a full by-hand recount in each county,” Raffensperger said of the presidential race. “This will help build confidence. It will be an audit, a recount and a recanvas all at once.”
“A full hand-count”
Acknowledging that the task will require long hours and dedication by the state’s election officials, Raffensperger expressed confidence that the process would be complete ahead of a certification deadline of Nov. 20.
He reassured voters that “there are going to be plenty of eyeballs on them to verify that every vote is accurately counted, and that’s the way the process works.”
The previous day, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the Trump campaign’s top representative in the state, issued a statement calling for a recount and pointing out three issues that should thereby be addressed.
“First, there must be a full comparison of absentee ballots cast and in-person and provisional ballots cast throughout the state,” Collins said. “Second, there must be a check for felons and other ineligible persons who may have cast a ballot. Third, and most importantly, the Secretary of State should announce a full hand-count of every ballot cast in each and every county due to widespread allegations of voter irregularities, issues with voting machines, and poll watcher access.”