Nfter the recount of votes cast in the US presidential election in Georgia, state authorities have confirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s victory. The re-counting of the votes by hand showed “that the original machine vote counted the winner of the election correctly,” said the website of the Georgia election officer, Brad Raffensperger, on Thursday.
Almost five million votes had been re-counted. This was necessary on the basis of a new state law that comes into effect in the event of a particularly tight election result. The recount was not the result of problems or an official request for a recount.
According to the first machine count, Biden was only around 14,000 votes ahead of incumbent Donald Trump. After the recounting by hand, Biden’s lead decreased slightly to less than 13,000 votes. The changes in the result came after ballot papers were discovered in several counties that had not previously been counted. For example, in Floyd County, 2,500 ballot papers were discovered that had not been scanned.
The state has until Friday to certify the results that have already been certified and submitted by the counties. Because Biden’s lead is still very narrow, Trump could request another recount after the election results have been certified, Raffensperger’s statement said. Trump has not yet recognized his defeat against opposition candidate Biden and denounces alleged massive election fraud without any evidence.