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Georgia will recount all presidential votes by hand. State officials announced Wednesday that they verifying five million presidential votes. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says they are working on a deadline. State law requires an election certification by November 20.  Democrat Joe Biden leads the state by 14,111 votes. This represents 0.3% of the total votes, and this small margin necessitated the recount. Given the slim margin, the recount is a prudent decision to make.

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“We’ll be counting every single piece of paper, every single ballot, every single lawfully cast, legal ballot,” Raffensperger said. “People will be working lots of overtime in the next coming week.”

Risk-limiting Audit

Raffensperger said the presidential contest will undergo a “risk-limiting audit.” This is an election verification process using a statistical formula. This determines how many electronic votes need manual checking. This rules out errors or fraud. Usually in risk-limiting audits, note every ballot requires examination. But due to the race being tight, Georgia will have to recount all votes.

“When you have five million votes and the margin is so close … mathematically, you actually have to do a full, hand-by-hand recount of all [the ballots],” Raffensperger said. “It will be an audit, a recount, and a recanvass all at once.”

Raffensperger Under Fire

Raffensperger received major criticism from fellow Republicans.  Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler called for his resignation. They echoed the President’s allegations that the election results are questionable. Raffensperger said he would not resign, and defended Georgia’s election integrity.

After the deadline, a candidate can ask for a recount if the margin is within half a percentage point. The recount would use scanners instead of manual counts. “It’ll take every bit of the time we have left, for sure. It is a big lift,” Raffensperger said.

Georgia’s Voting System

Georgia’s new voting machines made their debut this year. They feature a touch screen where voters can make their choices. The machine then prints a ballot with a summary of candidates the voter chose for review. This is printed in a bar code that scanners will read. When the state selected this system, there were objections. Detractors say voters won’t be able to confirm if the bar codes listed their actual votes. 

Instead of auditing statistical samples, Raffensperger will audit the entire vote. “With the margin being so close, it will require a full, by hand recount in each county,” he explained. “This will help build confidence. It will be an audit, a recount, and a recanvass all at once.”

Faith in the System

While Raffensperger believes the tally won’t change, the audit will prove something. It’ll prove the Georgia voting system works. “I have faith in the accuracy of the electronic voting machines,” he said. “I believe the results are accurate.”

The Republicans said they will wait for the counting and certification of all the votes. A recount in Georgia would go a long way proving one thing or another. If the votes are accurate, then this gives the final word. If it’s not, then it’s the first step to remedy the situation.

No Lectures from Democrats

Republican Senator and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell supports the notion to check the votes. He said that Democrats did the same thing in 2016 when they were lagging in the count. He said: “let’s have no lectures about how the President should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election.” He reiterated that they will “have no lectures on this subject from that contingent.”

“At this time last week, small-business owners in cities across America were boarding up their windows in case President Trump appeared to win and far-left mobs decided to reprise their summertime rioting,” he said. “Suffice to say a few legal inquiries from the President do not exactly spell the end of the Republic.”

Settling the matter once and for all

Georgia’s audit of the presidential votes should settle the matter once and for all. Instead of looking at this as a roadblock, we should look at this as affirmation. That the voting machines work, that the system works, that democracy works. As for the Democrats, if they’ve waited for four years to take the wheel, what’s a few more weeks?

Whether this changes the vote count is immaterial. The point of the recount is to renew faith in the election process. If it confirms the vote is accurate, then well and good. It’ll be easier for the vanquished party to accept the will of the people.

Watch this as CBS News reports that Georgia will recount the presidential recount by hand:

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33 Comments

  • Jim Randall says:

    yes i agree

  • HARRY DAVIS says:

    YES RECOUNT THE VOTES

  • David Ballard says:

    Georgia has some left leaning elements who would do whatever it takes to swing the state in favor of Biden. To be sure that the count is not tainted, yes, by all means do a hand count. Also, the counters need to be vetted so that no one with a bias that may lead to fraud is a part of the team.

  • Tuyen Vu says:

    Yes. This way will validate the vote and recount to be fair. Also to find out anything wrong occurred before.

  • MrT says:

    only people who would answer NO to (any of the states in question), recounting are those who do not want to face the truth!

  • Anonymous says:

    Absolutely! I believe it will be a different outcome!

  • Linda says:

    Yes I do because I’m sure Trump was the winner if it was done correct.

  • Ken says:

    Lets recount every vote in every state

  • Robert C Dugger says:

    Yes do the re-count.

  • joan cox says:

    this will help ease the minds of everyone

  • D Hardt says:

    They need to verify it is a LEGAL vote BEFORE it is counted!

  • Harry Stewart says:

    Not sure how good the count can be if the required signature has been separated from the vote. Voting is supposed to be anonymous and that requires the signature to first be verified and then the ballot approved for tally. Once the signature has been separated from the ballot, there is no practical manner in which the validity of the vote can be determined. I could be wrong and would appreciate someone getting the facts out in front of the electorate.

  • Christine says:

    Absolutely All this mail in voting was a joke and should have NEVER been approved to be done!! If that did not go through all this craziness would have never happened and Trump would have WON by a landslide!!!

  • Diane says:

    Yes by all means recount. Should be done in all states. I believe this is one of the worst years ever!
    I think there was mail fraud and that should never be. Just saying!!

  • Irene Spencer says:

    Yes, to give the legally registered, legal voters, a sense of security that their legal vote counts.

  • Donna says:

    YES ALL VOTES FOR STATES SHOULD BE UNDER A RECOUNT.

    MAIL IN VOTING SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ALLOWED !

    REQUIREMENTS FOR VOTING SHOULD BE:

    1. YOU MUST BE A LEGAL CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATED.

    2. ALL VOTES MUST BE MADE IN PERSON.

    3. LEGAL PHOTO IDENTIFICATION MUST BE PRODUCED.

  • JANICE BELLINGER says:

    YES ALL LEGAL VOTES BE RECOUNTED

  • Phillip M. Rico says:

    Trump is waisting taxpayers time and money. Both he and the republican party should be held accountable for all expenses associated with these lawsuits. The system of voting in this country has been and is rock solid. The Trump administration is taking the United States down these endless blackholes that lead to nowhere. He lost the election and should be helping transition the new administration with coming into office. Just like the previous administration helped him into office. He lost, end of story. Democracy and the United States has suffered greatly under the Trump administration. The United States has lost support overseas with other nations.

  • Cherryl says:

    I agree! All votes should be recounted! Voter fraud has been committed. They should also recount the votes in the state of Pennsylvania, too. Why was voter data sent offshore? I was watching the Election non-stop. When Trump’s votes dropped by 20,000 in 2 minutes you know something is definitely wrong!!
    The Democrats will do anything to steal this election. Look what they did in 2016.

  • menendez says:

    Stop the Communist from taking down America !!!

  • Janice says:

    Yes, I believe this will produce a different outcome and will verify that elections are secure.

  • Kevin Jones says:

    Either we believe in the system or not, and mail in voting have been going on for years. Trump must man up and accept defeat

  • Mike Perry says:

    I do believe that every LEGAL vote should be counted over. I agree that every person who voted should have had a legal picture I’d. If I had to have one, so shouldn’t everyone.

  • TWR says:

    I do agree with the hand recount but unfortunately we will never know about the ballots that may have been discarded!

  • Redarrow says:

    Not only do they need to do it every state but they also needed to look at the Dual residences to see how many of them vote elsewhere very pour system we have the means for a much better system we need them to invest in a proper system where no fraud can be found. We need to stand up and so no more wrong doing by any one in office. We the people by the people.

  • Herman Fleischman says:

    In va my ballot hand back wasn’t fill out corrected if hand his boss I already chose my man go around table everybody see them put henrico. I put in machine what do ballot major fraud ragfitght people talk Biden poll areal

  • T. Fergie says:

    Yes I agree… must call votes to the highest standard of accuracy honesty to keep the dignity of what the United States of America was founded on.

  • Celia says:

    I agree all votes should be counted to make sure there has not been any fraud. We the people in Georgia need to know the truth about the election.

  • Mary says:

    Heck yes and prosecuted for wrong doing

  • Anonymous says:

    The only way is if you did not allow people to vote like the 2016 election. People that showed up to vote not allowed to vote

  • Jeffrey O'Keefe says:

    There was a comment about would the votes re-counted be doctored ones,that was good comment,and I am sure 2 State voters and biased counters of votes knew that it was unlikely they would be sent to Jail because of Covid 19 whosoever they voted for! But in the meantime you have millions waiting at the border to change the American way of voting,no Democrats or Republicans just how much will you pay them to vote,will the meek inherit the Earth ?.

  • Anon says:

    In my opinion is that only people who are not accepting the outcome of the vote are Trump and his supporters. From my point of view this has been a fair and legal vote. The states have had an open and transparent election. What concerns me is the way Trump is bombarding me with emails asking for my money to support his claims that the election is rigged. I believe that he is not allowed to ask for foreign aid/support. As a UK citizen it concerns me who else he is taking money from outside of the USA. While many may feel that it is none of my concern, I would answer that as the leaders of the free world you need to conduct yourself to a higher standard than the rest of the world and the President should MAN UP and except that he has lost. As for his party they should not be allowing him his temper tantrum. He needs to be put on the naughty step and sent to bed. I pray that as a country you all get your act together and start to think about the rest of the world and the effect you have in it.

    My last point is that currently due to the actions of Trump you are looking like a country that is heading for civil war if you are not careful and Trump is making himself a laughing stock. PLEASE PROVE US ALL WRONG

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