Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Friday certified the state’s election results, which saw Mr. Biden defeat Mr. Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million votes.
President Donald Trump’s 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 certified the state’s election results on Friday, which allowed Mr. Biden to beat Mr. Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million votes, or 0.25%. Republican Governor Brian Kemp then certified the list of the state’s 16 presidential voters.
The statement from Mr. 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 a signature match, this recount would be a sham and would again allow illegal votes to be counted,” the statement added. “If there is no signature match, that would be as wrong as the initial count and recount of the votes. Stop giving the people false results. There must be a time when we will stop counting the votes. illegal ballots Hopefully that 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 manually controlled to ensure the machines counted the ballots accurately, and Mr. 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.
Mr 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.