President Donald Trump’s campaign said Saturday it is seeking a second recount of presidential election votes in Georgia after the first one did not turn out in his favor. This will make a THIRD time votes were counted in that state.
Campaigns can request an additional machine recount if a vote margin is within 0.5 percent. The final certified results had Joe Biden at 49.51 percent compared to Trump at 49.25 percent for a margin of 0.26 percent.
“Today, the Trump campaign filed a petition for recount in Georgia,” the campaign said in a statement. “We are focused on ensuring that every aspect of Georgia State Law and the U.S. Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted.”
Unlike in Wisconsin – where the Trump campaign had to pay $7.9 million upfront to cover the statewide cost – the bill for recounts in Georgia is footed by taxpayer-funded local jurisdictions.
State officials have not provided a total cost estimate, but Fulton County, Georgia’s most populous, estimates a recount could cost around $200,000.
Jaclyn Rothenberg, communications director for President-elect Joe Biden’s Georgia campaign said in a statement Saturday night, “Last week’s recount reaffirmed what we already knew: Georgia voters selected Joe Biden to be their next president.”
‘There is no reason to believe there are widespread errors or fraud and the Trump campaign has no evidence to back up their baseless claims,” she said. “With regards to signature matching, both parties were aware of the rules set forth months before the election and all signatures have already been matched. Any further recount will simply reaffirm Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia a third time.”