US election: Georgia to conduct full by-hand recount of ballots

US election: Georgia to conduct full by-hand recount of ballots

- Democrat Joe Biden leads Republican Donald Trump by about 14,000 votes in Georgia

- Biden, 77, is the projected winner of the US 2020 presidential election having surpassed the 270 Electoral College votes needed in the race to the White House

Trump, 74, has however, refused to concede defeat and has continued to reject the results on his personal social media pages

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The state of Georgia in the United States of America is set to conduct a full by-hand recount of presidential ballots, its secretary of state has announced.

Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said the margin in the tight presidential race between incumbent Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden who is leading was too close to call and as such a recount will determine the real winner.

"With the margin being so close, it will require a full by hand recount in each county. It will be an audit, a recount and a recanvas all at once," he said.
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US election: Georgia to conduct full by-hand recount of presidential ballots

US President Donald Trump insists he won the presidential election. Photo: Getty Images.
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He added: "We're doing this because it's really what makes the most sense. With the national significance of this race, and the closeness of this race, we have to run a statewide audit."
US election: Georgia to conduct full by-hand recount of presidential ballots

Democrat Joe Biden is yet to be declared the winner in the race despite leading. Photo: Getty Images.
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Biden leads

The Georgia secretary of state's announcement came amid alleged vote stealing claims from Trump and his allies who have declared the 45th US president "won" the election, CNN reported.

Biden leads Trump by about 14,000 votes in Georgia but the incumbent is unrelenting claiming there was rigging.

Biden, 77, is the projected winner of the US 2020 presidential election having surpassed the 270 Electoral College votes needed in the race to the White House.

Trump, 74, however, has refused to concede defeat and has continued to reject the results on his personal social media pages.

Poll observers blocked

On Thursday, November 12, he claimed his poll watchers were "blocked" from observing the election in Pennsylvania and Michigan meaning he "won" in the two crucial states.

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"Nobody wants to report that Pennsylvania and Michigan didn’t allow our poll watchers to watch or observe the election. This is responsible for hundreds of thousands of votes that should not be allowed to count. Therefore, I easily win both states," he tweeted.

Briefly.co.za understands United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Trump won't hand over power to Biden.

The senior official in the Republican leader's administration said there would be only a "smooth transition" to a second Trump administration while insisting every legal vote must count.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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