Trump requests re-counting of votes in Georgia

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Nafter the narrow victory of his Democratic rival Joe Biden in the presidential election in Georgia, incumbent President Donald Trump has requested a recount in the state. The corresponding application was submitted on Saturday, said his campaign team. His lawyers said this was to ensure that every legal vote was counted.

Previously, several lawsuits by Trump’s lawyers against the election results in Georgia – as in several other states – had failed in court. Trump had until Tuesday to request another recount. He was able to do this because the gap between the candidates is less than 0.5 percentage points.

Georgia had already hand-checked the ballots herself. Georgia state law requires that an election be checked in this way to make sure the machines have counted the votes correctly. However, this count is not an official recount by law.

Trump’s team wants “honest vote count”

After the recounting by hand, Biden’s lead over Trump shrank from around 14,000 to 12,670 votes. The responsible State Secretary Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp had confirmed the results on Friday afternoon. Biden won the votes of the state’s 16 electorate. Judge Steven Grimberg had dismissed a conservative attorney’s lawsuit on Friday evening (local time), with which he wanted to stop the authentication of the election result in Georgia.





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Since the difference between Trump and Biden is only 0.25 percentage points, according to state law, a candidate may request a recount – this is provided for if the lead is less than 0.5 percentage points.

Trump’s legal team explained the request for a recount by insisting on an “honest counting of votes,” which must include signature comparisons and other important protective measures. “Let’s stop giving wrong results to the people. There has to be a time when we stop counting illegal ballots. Hopefully he’ll come soon, ”it said. The team did not provide evidence of their allegations of electoral fraud.

The incumbent president wrote in a tweet that checking the election by hand was a “joke”. He went on to claim, without citing any evidence, that “thousands of fake votes” had been discovered. Twitter identified the tweet as containing controversial information.

Biden has 306 voters behind him

When the election was checked, votes were found in several districts that had not previously been counted. Therefore, the election results in the affected districts had to be recertified before the entire state certified the results.

Biden became the first Democrat to win in Georgia after Bill Clinton in 1992. Trump refuses to acknowledge his loss in the presidential election, claiming that his victory was stolen by fraud.

State results are key to winning a presidential election. The head of state is not elected directly by the people, but by electorates who cast their votes according to the results in their state.

According to calculations by the American media, the Democrat Biden has 306 electorates behind him, he needs 270 for the election to the president. Biden is due to be sworn in as the new president on January 20th.

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