Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s foreign minister, has announced a handcount and replay of the state’s presidential election results.
Raffensperger: “It will be an audit, a recount and a referral back at once.”
While the vote count continues in Georgia, former Vice President Joe Biden has a narrow lead over President Donald Trump, according to current official results. However, because the race is so close and allegations of electoral fraud are widespread, Foreign Minister Raffensperger announced a full recount and repeat.
“Because the scope is so tight, a complete manual recount is required in each county. This will help build trust. It will be an audit, a recount and a rerun at the same time. It will be a heavy lift, but we will work with the counties to get this in time for our state certification, ”Raffensperger said.
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“When you’ve got 5 million votes and you’re so tight, 14,000, when we’ve taken 10,000 votes, all of a sudden you could say, ‘Well, that’s the person who won. ‘They pull out 100,000, they say that person won. You pull out a million, that person won, ”Raffensperger continued.
“And so, mathematically, you actually have to do a full hand-by-hand recount of everything because the margin is so tight,” he said.
There is a slight difference between a recount and a rerun, both of which will take place in Georgia. When rechecking, the district officials ensure that the votes cast are correct as reported, while when re-counting, each vote is counted in full again, which in this case is done by hand.
“Every instance of illegal voting” is being investigated
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Raffensperger, a Republican, had received calls for resignation from GOP Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler for failing to hold “honest and transparent elections”.
“We believe that if there are mistakes, they must be called – even if it is in your own party,” said Perdue and Loeffler. “There have been too many failed elections in Georgia this year and the recent elections have shed national light on the issues.”
“While the blame certainly lies elsewhere, the money ultimately rests with the foreign minister,” concluded the senators, who face tight runoff elections in Georgia in January.
Raffensperger tried to refute what she said at the press conference.
“Georgia voters hired me and the voters are going to fire me,” he said, claiming he would not step down.
He claimed that the electoral staff did indeed do a good job, but added that “every case of illegal voting” is being investigated.