Recount Expected In Georgia

by mcardinal

Samuel Case, FISM News



On Friday, Georgia’s secretary of state said he expects a recount due to the small margin for the presidential election in the battleground state, where Joe Biden has a small lead over President Donald Trump.

Each of the presidential candidates had 49.4% of counted ballots. However, Biden was ahead by 1,579 votes as of Friday morning with 4,169 left to count, Georgia’s voting system implementation manager, Gabriel Sterling, said.

Officials said about 9,000 military and overseas ballots were still outstanding and could be accepted if they arrive on Friday and are postmarked on Tuesday or earlier.

There are two ways of seeking a recount in Georgia. A presidential candidate who loses by 0.5% of the vote or less can force a recount by sending a written request to the state’s secretary. A candidate can ask the secretary of state to conduct one by alleging a “discrepancy or error” in the vote tabulation. In that case, state law gives the secretary discretion about whether to conduct a recount.

Local election officials in Georgia also can conduct recounts in their counties if they think there is a discrepancy in the results.

Sourced from Reuters America Wire, edited for brevity