Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Wednesday morning that the state’s recount will be conducted “by hand” in each of the state’s 159 counties.
“At 1 p.m. today, I will make the official designation of which race will be the subject of the RLA [risk-limiting audit]. At that time, I will designate that the RLA will be the presidential race,” Raffensperger explained.
According to the Associated Press, Joe Biden won 49.5 percent of the state’s vote, with 2,471,899 ballots, and Trump took 49.2 percent, with 2,457,791 votes, meaning that only 14,108 votes would determine the winner.
“With the margin being so close, it will require a full, by-hand recount in each county,” Raffensperger continued. “This will help build confidence,” adding that it will be “an audit, a recount, and a recanvass all at once.”
Sen. Doug Collins is leading the Trump campaign’s recount effort, and requested Raffensperger order a by-hand recount on Tuesday, arguing that ballot-counting machines and technology could have affected the outcome of the race.
Collins wrote in his request to Raffensperger:
As we begin the recount process, there are three things we are formally requesting today from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. First, there must be a full comparison of absentee ballots cast and in-person and provisional ballots cast throughout the state.
Second, there must be a check for felons and other ineligible persons who may have cast a ballot. Third, and most importantly, the Secretary of State should announce a full hand-count of every ballot cast in each and every county due to widespread allegations of voter irregularities, issues with voting machines, and poll watcher access.
We can — and we will — petition for this in court after statewide certification is completed if the Secretary of State fails to act, but we are hopeful he will preemptively take this action today to ensure every Georgian has confidence in our electoral process.”