ATLANTA â ???? President Donald Trump’s campaign said on Saturday it was seeking a second presidential vote recount in Georgia after the first failed in its favor

According to national electoral rules, the campaign is within its rights; the first recount, completed Thursday and certified Friday, was automatically triggered by a new state law

Campaigns may request an additional machine recount if the voting margin is less than 05 percent Certified final results had Joe Biden at 49 51% compared to Trump at 49 25% for a margin of 026 percent

“Today, the Trump campaign filed a petition for a recount in Georgia,” the campaign said in a statement “We strive to ensure that every aspect of Georgia State law and the US Constitution is respected so that every legal vote is counted”

Unlike Wisconsin â ???? where the Trump campaign had to pay $ 7.9 million upfront to cover the statewide cost – the bill for recounts in Georgia is on local taxpayer-funded jurisdictions

State officials haven’t provided an estimate of the total cost, but Fulton County, Georgia’s most populous, estimates a recount could cost around $ 200,000

Jaclyn Rothenberg, campaign communications director for President-elect Joe Biden in Georgia, said in a statement on Saturday night: “Last week’s recount reaffirmed what we already knew: Georgian voters chose Joe Biden to be their next president”

“There is no reason to believe that there are widespread errors or frauds and the Trump campaign has no evidence to support their baseless claims,” ​​she said “Regarding the signature match, both sides were aware of the rules set out months before the elections and all signatures have already been matched. Any further recount will simply reaffirm Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia for a third time. “

Campaign-requested recounts involve a re-digitization of paper ballots, which would not respond to Trump’s call to “include signature matching” The statewide audit n ‘did not verify the signatures, because once the signatures on the outer envelope are verified before the initial count of the votes, they are separated from the ballots inside to maintain voter secrecy

Republican government Brian Kemp said on Friday they heard from Georgians concerned about inability to match signatures during manual recount audit of five million ballots

“The Georgians I have heard about are extremely concerned about this situation, which is why I encourage Secretary Raffensperger to consider addressing these concerns,” he said. “It seems simple enough to carry out a sample verification of the signatures on the envelopes of the absent ballot papers and to compare these with the signatures on the applications and kept in the office of the Secretary of State”

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has not said if his office is considering such a plan

Georgia Election Officer Gabe Sterling, at a press conference earlier this week, appeared to advocate for an end to Trump’s electoral challenges: “Look, you already have a manual recount Nothing has changed Don’t do this “

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