President Donald Trumps’ legal team said on Saturday his campaign had called for a recount of the votes in Georgia’s presidential race after the results showed Democrat Joe Biden winning the state.
Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Friday certified the results of the state election, which saw Biden defeating Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million votes, or 0.25%. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp then certified the state list of 16 presidential voters.
The statement from Trump’s legal team said: Today the Trump campaign filed a petition for a recount in Georgia. We ensure that all aspects of Georgia State law and the US Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted. President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which must include matching signatures and other vital guarantees.
Without matching signatures, this recount would be a sham and would again allow illegal votes to be counted, ”the statement added. If there is no signature match, it would be as wrong as the counting and recounting of the original votes. Stop giving the people false results. There must be a time when we stop counting illegal ballots. Hope this happens soon.
Georgian law allows a candidate to request a recount if the margin is less than 0.5%. The recount would be done using scanners that would read and tabulate the votes. County election officials have already done a full manual recount of all votes cast in the presidential race. But this stems from a mandatory audit requirement and is not considered an official recount under the law.
State law requires a race to be hand-checked to ensure the machines counted the ballots accurately, and Raffensperger selected the presidential race. Due to the small margin in this race, a full manual count of the ballots was required to complete the audit, he said.
Trump criticized the audit, calling it a joke in a tweet claiming without evidence that thousands of fraudulent votes were found. Twitter reported the post as containing disputed information.
Votes that had not previously been counted were found in several counties during the audit, which required recertification of election results in those counties prior to state certification of the results.