Even after Democrat Joe Biden had a small edge in Georgia over Republican President Donald Trump, Georgia’s Secretary of State said he expects a recount on the battlefield Friday. Georgia State Secretary of State Brad La Pensperger said he expects the presidential election margin to be only a few thousand votes. Raffensperger told reporters that “if the margins are so small, there will be a review.”
Georgia’s voting system implementation manager Gabriel Sterling said the candidates each had 49.4% ballots, but Biden said Friday morning about 1,500 votes ahead and 4,169 regular votes remaining. Officials also said that about 9,000 military and overseas ballots were still pending and could be accepted if they arrived on Friday and postmarked on or before Tuesday.
The recount cannot begin until the current vote in Georgia has been approved on or before 20 November of this year. Furniture designer Sarah Wilcox, 50, said at an Atlanta event for the Democratic nomination of Senator John Ossoff on Friday. She was not surprised by the possibility of a review.
“I think it makes sense despite voter fraud and unreasonable reporting of ballots by mail. I just want them to call the count, but I accept a legitimate recount,” she said.
Slight changes expected
There are three official reasons for recounting in Georgia. A presidential candidate who loses less than 0.5% of the vote may send a written request to the Secretary of State or claim a “disagreement or error” in the ballot. In the latter case, state law gives the minister discretion as to whether or not to conduct a recount.
Georgia’s local election officials may also conduct a recount in the county if they believe there is a discrepancy in the results.
Southern states switched to a new touch screen voting machine this year, producing marker paper ballots that feed into scanners that count votes.
Hundreds of thousands of absentee voters this year completed the same ballots by hand and passed them to scanners.
If the scanner is unable to read the ballot, the nonpartisan elections management group reviews the ballot to determine whether or how it is counted. Reconsideration essentially repeats the process.
Recounting rarely makes a big difference in voting results in the United States. In the 2016 presidential election, a recount of Wisconsin’s voting results added Trump’s more than 22,000 votes. Atlanta-based election lawyer Bryan Sells, who doesn’t represent the two campaigns, said “I wouldn’t expect the reconsideration to change the numbers significantly.”
In Reuters’ opinion