Georgia: Manual ballot counting confirmed Biden’s victory in state
Georgia State Secretary Brad Ravensberger said Thursday that a manual recount and vetting of ballots confirmed that Democratic candidate Joe Biden was the winner of the November 3 state election.
He added that there is “no doubt” that the state will endorse Biden’s victory on Friday, after the scrutiny showed a “very close” outcome to what he announced on election night.
State authorities began a manual vetting process after unofficial results showed Biden by nearly 14,000 votes.
Trump has repeatedly said he has no intention of conceding defeat before ensuring a “fair recount”, and his team has filed lawsuits in a number of pivotal states, including Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, Wisconsin and Arizona.
Brad Ravensberger said in a television interview that they are completing the recount, and that the results scheduled for Thursday are unlikely to change Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s victory in the state.
The results of the re-census
Georgia is one of several states that President Donald Trump’s campaign has questioned its outcome but has so far been unsuccessfully. State election officials said the results of the recount, scheduled to be announced Thursday, are unlikely to turn Biden’s victory by 14,000 votes in the state. They also said they would not provide evidence of allegations Trump widespread fraud.
Gabriel Sterling, executive director of the Georgia Voting System, said President Donald Trump had been misled about fraud in Georgia, asserting that his allegations were baseless.
Similarly, Wisconsin election officials said that a partial recount in response to a campaign request Trump would not change the current president’s loss in the state he won in 2016.
While he’s out of sight, the Republican president insists on venting his anger on Twitter. His lawsuits related to the elections in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Michigan have been little successful.
Trump’s refusal to recognize the results of the November 3 election is hampering the smooth transition of a new administration, and Biden’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic is complicated when he takes office on January 20.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that Trump allegations of unsubstantiated election “fraud” are politically useful, with up to half of his Fellow Republicans believing them.