A day after the leadership of the Trump campaign recount in Georgia called for a full recount of the state presidential race, Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that the The state would do just that after the attacks on its own party’s elected official.
The move came on Wednesday as President-elect Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by around 14,000 votes in the state, according to unofficial Georgia results.
“At 1pm today I will make the official designation of which race will be subject to (the risk limitation audit) at that time, I will designate the RLA to be the presidential race,” Raffensperger said. at a press conference on Wednesday. “With the margin being so narrow, it will take a full manual recount in every county. This will help build confidence. It will be an audit, a recount and a reanalysis at the same time. “
A risk mitigation audit was still in the cards in the state for the November election.
In June, the office described the audit as an audit that “follows established procedures for manually counting a random sample of ballots to ensure that the count reached by the voting machines is within a mathematically appropriate range. agreed upon by national voting integrity experts such as VotingWorks. “
But instead of going the random sample route, a spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s office said
“This essentially to do a risk-limiting audit of an election so close that you’re far enough away from doing a manual recount anyway, so Sec. Raffensperger decided to go ahead and order the entire recount.
Biden doesn’t need to win Georgia to get the 270 votes needed to become the next president, but Trump and his allies have continued to allege large-scale electoral fraud as the president refused to concede the election to his Democratic challenger.
In a press call on Wednesday, the Trump campaign made it clear that it viewed Georgia’s recount as a step in the larger plan to secure the president’s re-election.
“Every time we take a step in this process, we think we’re getting closer to our goal… with the president winning these states and ultimately re-elected,” said Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for the Trump campaign.
The representative of the Trump campaign for the recount of Georgia, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), expressed it in a more neutral way. “We’re doing a recount because that’s how you confirm that these elections were conducted with integrity … the real question is, does the voter, Democrat or Republican, believe their vote is actually being counted ? “
The “unprecedented” recount effort is expected to end before November 20, Trump campaign lawyer Stefan Passantino said when Georgian officials are due to certify election results before the electoral college is called in December. “We understand that this process is going to be intense and will end on November 20,” Passantino said.
A spokesperson for Biden did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the news of the recount.
“We are counting every sheet of paper, every ballot, every legally cast ballot,” Raffensperger told reporters at his press conference on Wednesday.
Although Raffensperger’s office made it clear that even though they expected to find fraud in the election, the secretary of state and the person responsible for implementing the whole voting system State in Georgia have said in recent days that any fraud is unlikely to be enough to deflect the advantage. Biden to Trump in the State.
Election fraud is rare and does not happen on a large scale as Trump alleged in the 2020 election. And the decision to move to a recount comes after Raffensperger said last Friday that the presidential race would go to a recount. held tight margins in the presidential race.
But in the days that followed, he faced heat from Republicans over his handling of the election, including in a joint senseless statement. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. In a letter on Monday, Republican senators, who are heading for a runoff on Jan.5 to retain their seats, called on Raffensperger to step down as they alleged without evidence or proof that “he did not hold an election honest and transparent “.
The Secretary of State rejected their appeal, making it clear that he would not resign.
Collins, whose Trump campaign announced on Sunday was leading their recount effort in the state, on Tuesday called Raffensperger to take three steps in the election, with Trump refusing to concede.
“Third, and most importantly, the Secretary of State should announce a full manual count of all ballots in every county due to widespread allegations of electoral irregularities, problems with voting machines and access to observers Collins said.
There was no evidence of widespread electoral fraud in Georgia, and the Secretary of State’s office held a press conference on Monday that began with official disinformation refuting the elections one by one.
When a reporter asked if the manual recount was taking place due to the Trump campaign’s request on Tuesday, Raffensperger said, “No, we’re doing this because it’s really what makes the most sense for national significance. of this race and the proximity of it. race.”
“We need to conduct a statewide audit,” he said. “It’s the race that makes the most sense, logically, because I worked with our team, that’s really what makes the most sense and we will follow the process on that.
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