Georgia Secretary of State to certify election for Biden

Joanna Estrada
November 21, 2020

Biden is the first Democrat to carry Georgia since 1992.

Despite Trump's election denial, Biden is fully preparing to take over on January 20.

That effort - which Trump's critics have called an unprecedented push by a sitting president to subvert the will of American voters - has met little success, as the Trump campaign suffered a string of legal and political defeats.

What is the president's next move?

Mitt Romney (R-UT) listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a listening session on youth vaping of electronic cigarette on November 22, 2019 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. Trump and Romney have clashed since Election Day, amid the president's continued dispute of the outcome.

President-elect Joe Biden made Mr Trump's response to the virus a top issue in the recently concluded race for the White House, though Mr Trump has yet to acknowledge the outcome.

The accuracy of election results in Georgia is still up for debate despite the Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger insisting the recount is accurate.

It is seen as highly unlikely that the president's team would be able to flip MI and Pennsylvania.

"As legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan's electors, just as we have said throughout this election", Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield said in a joint statement after the meeting.

Even after losing the White House, Trump is expected to remain a powerful influence with GOP voters in the upcoming Senate runoffs in Georgia as well as in 2022, when Kemp will have to seek reelection.

Claiming against all odds that a path to victory remains viable, and facing pushback from fellow Republicans alarmed by his effort to overturn results, Trump invited MI lawmakers to the White House Friday as part of a bid to subvert the will of voters in key states.

Their brief lists eight individuals who took advantage of the opportunity to "cure" their ballots, and whose votes would be invalidated if the Trump campaign prevails.

How has the White House responded?

The president provided no evidence to back up his claim.

"We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in MI and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan's electors, just as we have said throughout this election", they said.

"So while every legal vote is counted let us not forget the inexcusable transition, or lack thereof, that President Trump had to endure in 2016 and for years into his presidency".

She pointed out that some 70 Democratic lawmakers had boycotted his inauguration. In an announcement streamed online, Kemp did not clearly endorse the results. The audit was meant to confirm that the voting machines correctly tabulated the votes.

It is the totals certified by the counties, not the results of the hand tally, that will be certified by the state.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who described himself as a "passionate conservative" and a "proud Trump supporter" said he was disappointed, like other Republicans, that their candidate did not win the State. "As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct".

The final results certified by Mr Raffensperger had Mr Biden with 2.47 million votes, Mr Trump with 2.46 million and Libertarian Jo Jorgensen with 62,138.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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