Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the state’s election results on Friday, which saw Biden defeating Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million votes, or 0.25 percent. Republican Governor Brian Kemp then certified the list of the state’s 16 presidential voters.
The statement from Trump’s legal team said, “Today the Trump campaign filed a petition for a recount in Georgia. We strive to ensure that all aspects of Georgia State law and the U.S. Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted. President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which must include matching signatures and other vital guarantees. ”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp also voiced concerns over the signings in certifying the results on Friday. But Raffensperger reiterated his confidence in the results, and in a Saturday opinion piece in the Washington Post he said, “Georgia’s voting system has never been so secure or trustworthy.”
And in fact, signatures on postal ballot requests and envelopes must be verified upon receipt.
Georgian law allows a candidate to request a recount if the margin is less than 0.5%. The recount would be done using scanners that would read and compile the votes. County election officials have already done a full manual recount of all votes cast in the presidential race. But this stems from a mandatory audit requirement and is not considered an official recount under the law.
State law requires a race to be hand-checked to ensure the machines counted the ballots accurately, and Raffensperger selected the presidential race. Due to the narrow margin in this race, a full manual count of the ballots was required to complete the audit, he said.
Trump criticized the audit, calling it a “joke” in a tweet claiming without evidence that “thousands of fraudulent votes were found”. Twitter reported the post as containing disputed information.
Votes that had not been previously counted were found in several counties during the audit, which required recertification of election results in those counties prior to state certification of the results.