Georgia’s secretary of state announced Wednesday that the state will conduct an audit of the 2020 presidential race, recounting by hand the millions of ballots cast in the state, where President-elect Joe Biden is leading.
“With the margin being so close, it will require a full by hand recount in each county,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said at a news conference in Atlanta. “This will help build confidence.”
“It will be an audit, a recount and a recanvas all at once,” he added.
Raffensperger’s announcement comes as he has faced pressure from President Donald Trump’s campaign for a recount, calls from fellow Georgia Republicans to resign and accusations of mismanaging the election process.
Biden currently leads Trump by more than 14,000 votes in the state — a lead that Raffensperger previously said is “unlikely” to be overtaken in a recount.