Election officials in Georgia have announced that they will conduct a statewide recount of all votes by hand during a Wednesday press conference.
“This will help build confidence,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said. “It will be an audit, a recount, and a recanvass all at once. It will be a heavy lift but we will work with the counties to get this done in time for our state certification.”
Raffensperger explained that officials will be counting “every single piece of paper, every single ballot; every single lawfully cast, legal ballot.”
A reporter asked him why they wouldn’t just recount a sample of ballots rather than the nearly 5 million votes cast in the state to which he replied:
“You actually have to do a full hand-by-hand recount of all ballots because the margin is so close.”
“It’ll take every bit of the time we have left, for sure,” he said insisting that they will work with county officials to meet the Nov. 20 deadline.
On Monday, Raffensperger was attacked by two fellow Republicans who issued a joint statement demanding his resignation and claiming there have been “too many failures in Georgia elections this year.”