With the presidential race in Georgia between Biden and Trump only separated by about 1,500 votes out of 4.9 million cast, election officials this morning say they are expecting a recount.
“With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told reporters Friday morning. State law permits a candidate to request a recount when the margin is within one-half of a percentage point. As of 11:25 ET, Biden had 49.40% of the vote to Trump’s 49.37%, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
Before any recount can be done, each county will have to certify its results, followed by an audit. This process could take a while. According to Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting systems implementation manager, it should be done by the end of November.
Complicating matters is an extraordinarily large number of absentee mail-in ballots and some potential outstanding ballots mailed in by the military and overseas residents. Ordinarily, the state sees only about 5% ballots sent by mail, but this election the number was almost one-third, Sterling said.
But the counties still have to finish counting what they have. As of 10:30 a.m., counties still had yet to count 4,169 mail-in ballots, with the largest number, about 3,500, in Gwinnett County in the Atlanta area.
Also, an unknown number of ballots cast by military members and Americans abroad were uncounted. Just under 8,900 such ballots had been requested but no way of knowing how many people had sent them in. The state is required to count them as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday and arrived by the end of Friday.
Georgia will also have two Senate races that will have important elections in two months that will decide the control of The United States Senate. Georgia has quickly became the most important State in America.