With the 2020 election winding down, the state of Georgia has announced it will recount votes.
On Friday morning – three days after Election Day – the Georgia secretary of state declared a recount as President Trump and Joe Biden both appeared to have 49.4% of the vote with a margin of only 1,564 votes separating the candidates, according to the AP, which put Biden in the lead.
Secretary of state Brad Raffensperger pointed out the recount will be totally transparent, with election monitors allowed to observe the count.
“As we are closing in on a final count, we can begin to look toward our next steps. With a margin that small there will be recount in Georgia. Interest in our election obviously goes far beyond Georgia’s borders. The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country. The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right, and we’ll defend the integrity of our elections.”
“In some states there are complaints about monitors not being allowed to watch the count. In Georgia this process is and will remain open and transparent to monitors. If any member of the public raises legitimate concerns we’ll investigate those. We are committed to doing anything and everything to maintaining trust in our elections process for every Georgian regardless of partisan preference.”
With the fate of the country hanging in the balance, President Trump on Friday pointed to voting irregularities, questioning why military ballots in the state were missing from vote tallies.
“Where are the missing military ballots in Georgia? What happened to them?”