Georgia announces full hand recount of the presidential race
Georgia's secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, has announced a full hand recount of the presidential race. Joe Biden leads by about 14,000 votes.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the state will conduct a full recount of all paper ballots, including mail-in ballots, as Biden currently leads in the state by about 14,000 votes. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) announced Wednesday he will oversee a hand recount of ballots cast in the Peach State as President-elect Joe Biden maintains a slim lead over President Trump there.
Raffensperger, who has come under an avalanche of pressure from Republicans to take some kind of action given the tight statewide margin, said he will implement a risk-limiting audit (RLA) to cover the presidential race. The RLA is expected to be done by Nov. 20, when the state must certify its election results.
"With the margin being so close, it will require a full, by-hand recount in each county. This will help build confidence. It will be an audit, a recount and a recanvass all at once. It will be a heavy lift, but we will work with the counties to get this done in time for our state certification," Raffensperger said at a press conference.
You can Election official Gabriel Sterling explained the Georgia secretary of state's choice to conduct an audit of the presidential race, saying a different decision might have "undermined confidence in the outcome of the presidential election." (Nov. 12) NBC News' Steve Kornacki takes a look at the state of the 2020 presidential race ahead of the vice presidential debate.