After his Democratic rival Joe Biden’s narrow victory in the presidential election in the US state of Georgia, incumbent President Donald Trump has called for a new recount in the state. The corresponding application was submitted on Saturday, his campaign team announced.
His lawyers said a recount had been requested to ensure that every legal vote is counted. Earlier, Trump’s attorneys lost several lawsuits against the election results in Georgia, as well as in several other states. 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.
Authorities had previously issued a recount after the first count revealed that Biden in Georgia had a lead of some 14,000 votes over Donald Trump. More than 5 million votes have been recounted by hand. After six days of counting, it turned out last Thursday that Biden had a lead of 12,670 votes and was still the winner in the state. Responsible State Secretary Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp confirmed those results on Friday afternoon.
Trump’s legal team explained the request for a recount by pushing for a “fair vote count,” which should include signature comparisons and other important protective measures. Let’s stop giving people the wrong results. Time will come when we stop counting illegal ballots. Hopefully, it will come soon,” said a statement.