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Hand Recount In State Of Georgia Has Declared Joe Biden The Winner

Hand Recount In State Of Georgia Has Declared Joe Biden The Winner

A recount of the five million ballots cast in the state of Georgia for the 2020 US Election has delivered its findings.

AP has declared Joe Biden is the official winner of the state over Donald Trump.

Gabriel Sterling, who oversees Georgia's voting systems, said Biden's margin has been reduced to 12,800 votes, compared to 13,558 before the recount after uncounted ballots were discovered.

The state now has to certify the election results and Trump's campaign has two business days to request a recount if the margin remains within 0.5 per cent.

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If that happens, the recount will use scanners that will read and tally the votes.

Georgia's Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, said this recount result certifies the election's integrity in the state.

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"Georgia's historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state's new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results," he said.

"This is a credit to the hard work of our county and local elections officials who moved quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time."

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The hand recount involved votes being loaded up into a scanner to determine how many ballots there are in each pile and the machine won't scan the page. The piles then got dished out to ballot counters and they meticulously combed through each one and lodge the vote.

The Trump camp said the recount was a massive win for democracy and hoped it will close the margin between the two candidates - which it did, just not enough to make Trump the winner.

The President's campaign communications director, Tim Murtaugh, said: "This is an important first step in the process to ensure that the election was fair and that every legal vote was counted."

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Topics: News, US Election

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