The certification of the outcomes follows a statewide audit, during which each poll was re-tallied by hand. The audit, which was performed to examine the accuracy of the preliminary machine recount, discovered a really small deviation — nowhere close to sufficient to vary outcomes — between the machine depend and the hand tally, which was anticipated. The licensed outcomes mirror the preliminary machine tally, not the audit.
As well as, in the course of the technique of the audit, 4 counties — Floyd, Fayette, Douglas and Walton — discovered ballots that weren’t initially reported, both as a result of they had been by no means initially counted or not uploaded accurately. These counties all reuploaded their outcomes, which shrank Biden’s margin by round 1,400 votes, not sufficient to jeopardize his general lead.
If the Trump marketing campaign does request a recount, it will be impossible to vary the outcomes. That’s as a result of the recount would contain a machine re-tally of the outcomes, and the audit confirmed the accuracy of the machine counters.
Raffensperger has confronted important criticism from Republicans nationally and inside his state, who’ve alleged widespread impropriety with out offering any proof. The state’s two Republican senators — David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler — known as on him to resign.
However Georgia’s chief election officer, who has burdened he’s a supporter of the president, has frequently defended the integrity of the election, pushing again towards the obscure allegations.
“Like different Republicans, I’m upset our candidate didn’t win,” Raffensperger mentioned on the Friday press convention. However he burdened the outcomes had been correct.
In the course of the press convention, Raffensperger known as on the state legislature to go a brand new regulation letting the state intervene in particular person counties which have “systemic, ongoing issues” in election administration. He cited the revelation from the audit that some counties didn’t initially report all of their outcomes. Raffensperger mentioned it raised issues, although it didn’t essentially imply there are systemic issues.
Raffensperger additionally mentioned there ought to be laws that requires photograph IDs for absentee ballots, one thing he beforehand supported in 2018, and permit for stronger challenges to voters who’re “suspected of not residing the place they’re registered to vote.”