Mr Raffensperger also hit back at Representative Doug Collins, who oversees Mr Trump’s efforts in Georgia and who accused the secretary of state of giving in to pressure from the Democrats. Mr. Raffensperger called Mr. Collins a “liar” and a “charlatan”.
The extraordinary and painstaking effort to recount every vote in each of Georgia’s 159 counties began Friday morning, and counties have until late Wednesday, just before midnight, to complete the job. As of Monday evening, 4.3 million ballots had been recounted, according to the Secretary of State’s office, out of just under five million votes.
The secretary of state’s office on Monday refused to release the results of the counties for the various counties. But over the weekend, Patrick Moore, a lawyer for the Biden campaign, said Democrats were keeping tabs on the county-by-county results and found that although discrepancies between the original tally and the recount emerged , they were underage and would not affect Mr. Biden’s favorite status in the state.
“As expected, counties that have completed their audit so far have shifted the vote totals, but almost imperceptibly, and so far in favor of Joe Biden,” Moore said at a press conference telephone.
With the ballots recently uncovered in Floyd County, Mr Biden’s lead will drop from about 14,200 to about 13,300 votes, according to Mr Sterling. The New York Times declared Mr Biden the winner of Georgia’s 16 election votes on Friday, joining a number of major news agencies.
Mr Sterling said Floyd County officials discovered the problem midway through the recount. Mr. Sterling called the mistake a “gross incompetence” on the part of the Floyd County Electoral Officer and said Mr. Raffensperger asked the principal to resign.
It was the Trump campaign that demanded a manual recount last week in a letter to Mr. Raffensperger. Shortly after, Mr Raffensperger ordered the recount, which his office said was technically an audit.