The results of a recount in Georgia of votes cast in the US presidential election confirmed the victory of Democrat Joseph Biden. This is stated in a message posted on the website of Lieutenant Governor Brad Raffensperger on Thursday.
It outlines the secondary processing of just over 5 million ballots in all 159 counties in the state. Republican Donald Trump scored 2 462 857 votes, Biden — 2 475 141. The Democrat’s advantage was 12,284 votes.
Georgia’s election Commission offices initially processed more than 4.99 million ballots and awarded Biden the victory. He received 12,780 more votes than his opponent in the primary count.
“The first full audit in Georgia’s history confirmed that the new system for processing paper ballots accurately counted and transmitted the results,” said the Lieutenant Governor, who represents the Republican Party of the United States. According to Raffensperger, the recount “confirmed the name of the winner and should strengthen the confidence of voters in the results obtained.”
In the first days after the election in Georgia (16 electoral votes), Trump led. Still, as the ballots were processed, his margin over Biden gradually decreased, and on November 6, the Democrat pulled ahead. According to the state election Commission, Biden was ahead of Trump by 0.3% of the vote. Such a small gap required recalculation. The deadline for the official summing up of the will in Georgia will expire on November 20.
According to the New York Times, Republicans have the right to demand another recount in this state if the gap between the rivals is again within 0.5%. In this case, scanners designed for high-speed processing of newsletters will be used. The first recalculation was performed manually