Georgia will conduct recount after Trump campaign request
November 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
An election worker handles ballots as vote counting in the general election continues at State Farm Arena on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Georgia will conduct another recount of its presidential ballots following a Trump campaign request Saturday.
(CNN)Georgia will conduct another recount of its presidential ballots following a Trump campaign request Saturday.
"Because the margin is still less than 0. 5%, the President can request a recount after certification of the results.
That recount will be conducted by rescanning all paper ballots," Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had previously said in a statement on Friday after a state audit of the presidential results had been completed.
Georgia already conducted an audit of the presidential ballots, meaning all ballots in the presidential race were counted a second time -- which was a defacto recount.
Under Georgia law, the Trump campaign had two business days from Friday's certification to request the recount, which will be taxpayer-funded.
"Today, the Trump campaign filed a petition for recount in Georgia.
President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature matching and other vital safeguards," the Trump campaign said in a statement.
Signature matching for mail-in ballots is not done in recounts, however, according to campaign law expert Jonathan Diaz, a CNN contributor.
Diaz said "no recount is going to change" the margin of more than 12,000 votes.
"It is a time of nonsense," he said of the recount request.