On Wednesday, Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger ordered a manual recount of ballots cast by voters in the presidential election for Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
Almost all the votes are counted in Georgia, and Democrat Biden, who has already been named President-elect, is ahead of Republican Trump by 14,112 votes. In total, almost 5 million Georgia residents participated in the election.
Brad Raffensperger admitted that he would like to see the winner of Donald Trump but denied party colleagues’ claims that violations accompanied the counting of votes in Georgia. Georgia is a traditionally Republican state whose residents last favored a Democratic candidate for President in 1992.
Announcing a thorough review of voting in Georgia, Raffensperger, in the presence of representatives of local election commissions, expressed support for them and said that he admired their work: “It’s hard work. They performed their duties and did their job,” the Secretary of State said.
He promised that the representatives of Democrats and Republicans would watch the vote recount: “The stakes are high,” said Raffensperger.
In addition to manual revision, the ballots will be re-scanned in the voting machines. State authorities hope to complete this process by November 20. According to the Secretary of State, “this will help build confidence in the electoral process… This will be an audit, recount, and recheck at the same time.”
According to an unofficial count of votes cast for candidates for President of the United States, Biden has already won the popular vote and received more than 270 electoral votes, which is necessary for victory-officially, the name of the new President is determined at a meeting of the Electoral College, consisting of 538 members.
Leading American media, which traditionally summarize unofficial election results, have not yet named the winner in Georgia, where 16 electoral votes are at stake, or in Arizona, where Biden is also ahead of trump by 12,813 votes and where 11 electoral votes are at stake.