Georgia’s Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger said that there will be a recount of the votes as Joe Biden and Donald Trump are still neck and neck.
According to the forecast of the Associated Press (AP), Biden and Trump are tied with 99 percent of the counted votes at 49.4 percent each, with the Democratic candidate leading with about 1600 votes.
In Georgia, a recount may be demanded if the margin is less than 0.5% of the total votes cast. The request must be made within two working days after the deadline for confirming the results.
“At the moment Georgia is still too close to request a recount,” said Raffensperger. “From about five million votes counted, we will have a margin of a few thousand.
“For the time being, the focus for our office and for the district election officials remains on ensuring that every legal vote is accurately counted and recorded. Now that the final count is approaching, we can begin to take our next steps.
“With such a small margin of error, there will be a recount in Georgia. Of course, the interest in our election goes far beyond the borders of Georgia, and the final count in Georgia at this time has enormous implications for our entire country.
Raffensperger added: “The stakes are high and emotions are running high on all sides. We will not be distracted from our work by these debates. We will do it right, and we will defend the integrity of our choice”.
With Trump behind Biden overall, the president must win both Georgia and a number of other states if he has any chance of being elected for a second term.
If a recount is officially requested, it could take weeks to conduct and confirm it. By then, however, Biden could already have won the presidency.
According to AP forecasts, Biden currently has 264 votes, which means he will receive the required 270 points if he wins one of the remaining states yet to be named.
On Friday, Biden overtook Trump in Georgia and also in Pennsylvania, where millions of postal votes were counted. He also currently leads in Nevada and Arizona.
Gabriel Sterling, director of electoral system implementation in Georgia, said that 4,169 ballots remain to be counted in the state.
“Everything will have to be investigated to protect the integrity of the vote,” Sterling said. “We are literally facing a margin of less than a major high school.
Sterling also denied unsubstantiated allegations that Trump had repeatedly made that there were examples of election fraud in the state.