12,284 votes ahead for Biden, even less than the first time. The recount of the US presidential election ballots in the state of Georgia reinforced the victory of Joe Biden, narrowly.
“The audit confirmed the initial result of the election that Joe Biden won the presidential contest in the state of Georgia,” said the report from the office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in responsible for organizing elections.
According to Voting Works, the non-partisan association that brought logistical knowledge to carry out this new count, “thousands of Georgians” worked for a week to complete “the largest comprehensive manual count in US history. United “. In 159 counties, 5,023,513 votes first recorded by automated scanners were this time tallied by hand. Joe Biden collected 2,475,141, Donald Trump 2,462,857 votes, and Joanne Jorgensen, the candidate of the Libertarian Party, 62,587.
12,284 votes ahead, out of a total of over 5 million
Uncounted ballots were also discovered. In Fayette, Walton and Douglas counties, 2,755 votes, 284 and 293 votes, recorded on memory cards, had not been counted. In Floyd County, election officials found a batch of around 2,500 ballots that had not been scanned at all, a mistake that Gabriel Sterling, the person responsible for implementing the voting system at the statewide, called it “incredible awkwardness”. Raffensperger asked the chief clerk to resign due to this error.
The first count, in the wake of Tuesday, November 3, gave Biden an advance of some 14,000 votes over his rival Donald Trump. The score was so close that a manual recount was performed. It is therefore by 12,284 votes in advance, out of a total of more than 5 million, that the Democratic candidate wins the State, which represents sixteen major voters. Georgia is thus back in the Democratic camp, for the first time since the election of Bill Clinton in 1992, where the president had already been appointed with a handful of ballots in advance.
Trump may call for a new recount
“We are grateful to election officials, volunteers and workers for working overtime and under unprecedented circumstances to complete this recount, a public service in its noblest form,” said Jaclyn Rothenberg, director of communications from the Biden campaign in Georgia.
The difference between the two candidates is still very thin, President Donald Trump may request a new recount, the office of the Georgia Secretary of State, in charge of organizing the elections, said in a statement. Which may upset Joe Biden a little more, who on Thursday denounced the “irresponsibility” of the defeated president.
“This so-called manual recount went exactly as we planned: Georgia simply recounted all the illegal ballots that had been included in the total,” responded Trump Campaign Senior Legal Counsel Jenna Ellis. . “We continue to demand that Georgia conduct an honest recount, which includes the matching of signatures,” she wrote of postal votes. She adds that “we intend to use all legal options to ensure that only legal ballots are counted.”
Brad Raffensperger has until 5 p.m. this Friday (11 p.m. French time) to certify the election results. According to his office, he will likely do so via a press release. The deadline for requesting a recount is Tuesday, November 24, 5 p.m.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr