State Of Georgia Will Recount All Votes By Hand After Donald Trump Questioned Accuracy
The US State of Georgia has announced it will be recounting every vote cast in the 2020 election by hand.
Donald Trump questioned the accuracy of the ballot in the state, as well as many others, after Joe Biden edged in front of his Republican rival, which was a massive win for the Democrats.
President-elect Joe Biden currently leads Donald Trump by roughly 14,000 votes in the state, which is fairly tiny considering 5 million people voted in the state.
Georgia has a law which allows a trailing candidate to order a recount if the margin between the two candidates is less than 0.5 per cent.
As part of the recount, the ballots will be loaded up into a scanner to determine how many ballots there are in each pile and the machine will not scan the page. Then the piles will get dished out to ballot counters and they will meticulously comb through each one and lodge the vote.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger hopes a result will be declared later this month.
"Mathematically, you actually have to do a full hand-by-hand recount of all because the margin is so close," Mr Raffensperger said. "We want to start this before the week is up.
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"We're doing this because it's really what makes the most sense. With the national significance of this race, and the closeness of this race, we have to run a statewide audit."
Raffensperger has been under pressure in recent days, particularly from Republicans, who have accused him of affecting the election. GOP senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, have called for his resignation, saying (without giving evidence mind you) that the Secretary of State has failed to 'deliver honest and transparent elections'.
The Trump camp says the recount is a massive win for democracy and hopes it will close the margin between the two candidates.
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."
Joe Biden was declared the projected winner of the 2020 US Election on the weekend after he secured more than the 270 electoral college votes needed to take the White House. Donald Trump has so far gathered 214 electoral college votes.
While vote counting is still continuing, the Democratic candidate says nothing is going to get in the way of him becoming President and that the transition period is already underway.
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