• Trump formally requests for recount in Georgia
• The recount is expected to start next week, according to the Atlanta-Journal-Constitution
• State law requires that one race be audited by hand to ensure that the machines counted the ballots accurately
President Trump’s legal team Saturday formally requested a recount in Georgia — a day after the state certified the election for President-elect Joe Biden.
In Georgia, a campaign has the right to ask for a recount when the difference between the candidates’ vote tallies is within a half-percent.
“We are focused on ensuring that every aspect of Georgia State Law and the U.S. Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted,” the Trump 2020 Campaign said in a statement. “President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature matching and other vital safeguards.”
Recount start next week
The recount is expected to start next week, according to the Atlanta-Journal-Constitution. Following a hand recount last week, Biden was declared winner of the election by 12,670 votes, or a quarter of a percent.
President Trump gained nearly 900 votes after the first recount when stashes of uncounted ballots were found in four counties.
The first recount stemmed from a mandatory audit requirement and isn’t considered an official recount under the law.
State law requires that one race be audited by hand to ensure that the machines counted the ballots accurately, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, selected the presidential race.
Because of the tight margin in that race, a full hand count of ballots was necessary to complete the audit, he said.