The state of Georgia has completed its hand recount audit of more than 5 million ballots statewide, which confirmed Joe Biden as the winner in the presidential election. The final result gives Biden the state’s 16 electoral votes, officially defeating Donald Trump. The audit report showed President-elect Biden with a lead of 12,284 votes, which was slightly reduced by around 500 votes after Floyd County reportedly missed counting that number of ballots. The county has subsequently fired its director of elections over the discrepancy.
Other than the small error in Floyd County, the statewide recount audit found no evidence of any irregularities or widespread fraud in the election process, according to a press release issued by the office of the Secretary of State, Republican Brad Raffensperger, who reaffirmed that Georgia’s new voting system is secure and accurate. Raffensperger credited the hard work of local and county election officials, as well as the many volunteers, who worked diligently to undertake the tedious responsibility of recounting all of the votes, saying it was a “momentous task in a short period of time.”
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