Mr. Raffensperger additionally hit again at Consultant Doug Collins, who’s overseeing Mr. Trump’s efforts in Georgia and who accused the secretary of state of caving in to stress from Democrats. Mr. Raffensperger referred to as Mr. Collins a “liar” and a “charlatan.”
The extraordinary, labor-intensive effort to recount each vote in each one among Georgia’s 159 counties started Friday morning, and counties have till late Wednesday, simply earlier than midnight, to finish the work. As of Monday night, 4.3 million ballots had been recounted, in keeping with the secretary of state’s workplace, out of just under five million cast.
The secretary of state’s workplace declined Monday to launch the outcomes of the recounts from particular person counties. However over the weekend Patrick Moore, a lawyer for the Biden marketing campaign, mentioned that Democrats had been holding tabs on the county-by-county outcomes and had discovered that whereas some discrepancies between the unique counts and the recounts had emerged, they have been minor and wouldn’t have an effect on Mr. Biden’s front-runner standing within the state.
“As anticipated, the counties which have accomplished their audit up to now have shifted vote totals however virtually imperceptibly, and up to now in favor of Joe Biden,” Mr. Moore mentioned throughout a phone information convention.
With the newly found ballots in Floyd County, Mr. Biden’s lead will go from round 14,200 to round 13,300 votes, in keeping with Mr. Sterling. The New York Instances declared Mr. Biden the winner of Georgia’s 16 electoral votes on Friday, becoming a member of quite a few main information organizations.
Mr. Sterling mentioned that the Floyd County officers found the difficulty within the midst of doing the recount. Mr. Sterling referred to as the error “gross incompetence” on the a part of the Floyd County elections director, and mentioned that Mr. Raffensperger had requested the director to step down.
It was the Trump marketing campaign that demanded a hand recount final week in a letter to Mr. Raffensperger. Shortly afterward, Mr. Raffensperger ordered the recount, which his workplace mentioned is technically an audit.