Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) on Monday recertified the state’s election outcomes, reaffirming Biden’s victory after a second statewide recount of presidential votes.
The presidential ballots in Georgia have now been counted 3 times. The newest recount, which was completed on the request of the Trump marketing campaign, entailed a rescan of ballots that had been hand-recounted by election officers.
Biden’s 12,670 lead within the state’s initially licensed outcomes was anticipated to barely change, however not sufficient to change the result of the vote.
The secretary of state’s workplace has repeatedly mentioned that its investigators and the statewide audit of ballots have discovered no proof of widespread fraud, rejecting assaults from the president and his allies who’ve fanned conspiracy theories and baseless claims in regards to the integrity of the vote in Georgia.
“Continuing to make debunked claims of a stolen election is hurting our state,” Raffensperger mentioned throughout a information convention Monday morning. “The president has his due process rights, and those are available to him. It’s time we all focus on the future and growth.”
Among the counties that reported a discrepancy in votes in the course of the second recount was Fulton County, the state’s most populous, which noticed a lower of 852 ballots due to to an preliminary over-counting concern. That was roughly about two ballots per precinct, and nowhere close to the variety of ballots that might have affected the result of the election, Fulton County election officers mentioned Friday throughout a particular assembly certifying the outcomes.
In a tweet following Raffensperger’s announcement, Trump again referred to as on Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) to demand an audit of signatures on mail ballots, which the governor has previously said he has no energy to do. Twitter slapped a label on the tweet, noting “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”
Biden’s slim win over Trump led to a statewide hand audit of the outcomes, which was a guide recount of roughly 5 million presidential ballots forged in Georgia. The audit affirmed Biden’s victory, and the outcomes of the election have been licensed by Kemp final month.
Because Biden’s margin of victory was below 0.5 p.c, Trump was eligible to request one other recount of the outcomes.
Now, Kemp is about to recertify the outcomes, as required below Georgia state legislation. Georgia taxpayers are footing the invoice for each recounts.
Trump has referred to as on Kemp to name a particular session of the state legislature to overturn the vote in his favor.
Kemp has rejected the request, saying it could be unlawful for state lawmakers to undo the choice of voters. Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, additionally a Republican, mentioned in a joint assertion: “Any attempt by the legislature to retroactively change that process for the Nov. 3rd election would be unconstitutional and immediately enjoined by the courts, resulting in a long legal dispute and no short-term resolution.”