In the US state of Georgia, the votes have already been counted twice, both times Joe Biden won. Now incumbent US President Trump wants another count to gain.
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After his Democratic competitor Joe Biden’s narrow victory in the presidential election in the US state of Georgia, incumbent President Donald Trump has called for a recount in the state. The corresponding application was filed Saturday, his campaign team said. His lawyers said this was to make sure every legal vote was counted.
Previously, several lawsuits by Trump’s attorneys against the election results in Georgia – as in several other states – had failed in court. Trump had until Tuesday to request a new recount. He was able to do this because the difference between the candidates is less than 0.5 percentage point.
After the second count, Biden’s lead shrank
Georgia had already checked the ballots herself. Then Biden’s lead over Trump shrank from about 14,000 to 12,670 votes. The responsible Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp confirmed the results Friday afternoon. Biden won the votes of the state’s sixteen voters. Judge Steven Grimberg had dismissed a Conservative attorney’s lawsuit on Friday evening (local time), seeking to stop authentication of the election results in Georgia.
Trump’s legal team explained the request for a recount by pushing for a “fair count,” which must include signature comparisons and other important protective measures. “Let’s stop giving people wrong results. There must come a time when we stop counting illegal ballots. Hopefully it will come soon,” he said.
Biden will be sworn in on January 20
Biden became the first Democrat to win in Georgia after Bill Clinton in 1992. Trump refuses to acknowledge his loss in the presidential election, claiming the victory was stolen by fraud.
State results are the key to winning a presidential election. The head of state is not directly elected by the people, but by voters who vote on the basis of the results in their state. According to US media calculations, Democrat Biden has 306 voters behind him, he needs 270 for the presidential election. Trump has 232 voters. Biden will be sworn in as the new president on January 20.