Joe Biden, who was slightly ahead of Donald Trump in this state, may become the first Democrat since 1992 to win a presidential election in Georgia.
Georgia’s State Secretary Brad Raffensperger on Wednesday ordered a manual recount of ballots submitted by voters in the presidential election for Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
Almost all the votes are now counted in Georgia, and Democrat Biden, already named President Elect, outpaced Republican Trump by 14,112 votes. All in all, almost 5 million Georgians participated in the elections.
Brad Raffensperger admitted that he wanted to see Donald Trump as the winner, but denied statements by his party associates that the vote count in Georgia was flawed. Georgia is a traditionally republican state, whose residents last chose a democratic candidate for president in 1992.
Announcing a thorough vote-check in Georgia, Raffensperger, in the presence of local election officials, expressed support and admiration for their work: “It’s hard work. They did their job and did their job,” the secretary of state emphasized.
He promised that representatives of Democrats and Republicans would watch the vote recount: “The stakes are high”, Raffensperger said.
In addition to manual revision, the ballots will be re-scanned in the voting machines. The state authorities hope to complete this process by November 20. According to the state secretary, “this will help build confidence in the electoral process. It will be an audit, recount and recheck at the same time”.
According to the unofficial counting of votes cast for the candidates for president of the United States, Biden has already won the national vote and collected more than 270 votes, which is necessary to win – officially the name of the new president is determined at a meeting of the College of Electors, consisting of 538 members.
Leading U.S. media, which traditionally summarizes the unofficial election results, have not yet named the winner in Georgia, where 16 votes are at stake, or in Arizona, where Biden also outpaced Trump by 12,813 votes and where 11 votes are at stake.