Georgia is conducting another presidential election results count following a Trump campaign request Saturday.
Why it matters: Georgia election officials and government Brian Kemp (R) certified the state’s election results on Friday and found that President-elect Joe Biden officially won the state by just over 12,600 votes.
- But Georgia officials had previously said the Trump campaign had until Tuesday to request a count, as the margin was within 0.5%.
- The new count was completed using scanning machines and paid for by the counties.
Details: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) asked his deputy in a written message to “officially inform the county̵
- “[E]emphasize to the counties the importance of transparency and accuracy in the process, “Raffensperger said in his message.
What they say: Trump’s legal team said in a statement confirming the re-enactment petition, “We are focused on ensuring that all aspects of Georgia State Law and the U.S. Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted. President Trump and his campaign continue with to insist on an honest retelling in Georgia, which should include signature matching and other important guarantees. “
- Raffensperger wrote in a Washington Post-op Saturday with the headline “Georgia’s election results are healthy,” Georgia’s voting system has never been more secure or credible. “
- “In Georgia, absentee ballot signatures are confirmed twice to ensure that each voter gets one vote – and only one vote,”
The big picture: Trump and his campaign seek to discredit election rhetoric in key swing states that turned to Biden this cycle, engaging in baseless allegations of widespread electoral fraud affecting their results – despite U.S. Secretary of State and election officials reporting nothing of the sort personal or mail-in poll.
- A Republican judge in Pennsylvania dismissed with prejudice a Trump campaign case earlier Saturday that sought to block the certification of state election results – meaning the case cannot be brought back to court.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.