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Machine recount of presidential race gets under way in Georgia; requested by Trump – News – Athens Banner-Herald

ATLANTA — County election workers across Georgia on Tuesday began a machine recount of the roughly 5 million votes cast in the presidential race in the state, just days after completing a hand tally that confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s lead.

The recount was requested by President Donald Trump after certified results showed him losing the state to Democrat Joe Biden by 12,670 votes, or 0.25%. Under state law, the losing candidate can request a recount when the margin is less than 0.5%. Trump’s campaign on Saturday formally requested the recount.

Counties were allowed to begin the machine recount at 9 a.m. Tuesday and they have until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 2 to wrap it up.

Some counties only planned to get as far as testing the equipment Tuesday, with the actual counting to begin Wednesday. With

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Trump supporters want law and order | Letters



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Well, I am not a letter writer but I guess it has at last come to pass, as I am sick and tired of reading and listening to the BS I and other normal citizens are constantly bombarded without responding as in his latest Nov. 18 opinion piece, “Racist appeals from Trump powered white evangelical tsunami.” The fake news factories like Milbank’s Washington Post are like street bullies — they keep calling you dirty names until you are finally goaded into responding.

So just where does Dana Milbank, a big city guy, get off calling us white Christians racists and worse just because we voted for Trump? I’ve got news for this pen-pusher, I voted in the election before this for Obama! So don’t be calling me a racist. Or Trump either — he had many voters for him from every color. Look at Florida, for example. it’s just BS.

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GA Gov. Kemp Denounces Attacks From Former Trump Attorney As ‘Absolutely Absurd’

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Gov. Brian Kemp Tuesday denounced unsubstantiated accusations made recently by Sidney Powell, an attorney that had been a part of President Donald Trump’s legal team, who suggested an election systems company had bribed Kemp as a part of a vast voter fraud conspiracy to prevent Trump from being re-elected.

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On Saturday, during an interview on the ultraconservative network Newsmax, Powell claimed, without evidence, that Gov. Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (both Republicans) accepted payoffs as part of a global conspiracy

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Trump campaign distances itself from attorney Sidney Powell: Transition updates

Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler said Sunday that they back the president’s calls for a recount involving absentee signature matching in Georgia.

“Anything less than that will not be a full and transparent recount,” Perdue said in a campaign press release. “Georgians deserve full transparency and uniformity in the counting process.”

PHOTO: Senator David Perdue speaks during a Senate runoff election campaign rally in Canton, Ga., Nov. 20, 2020.

Loeffler, in a statement a short time later said, “I fully support President Trump’s request for a recount in Georgia. We must match and verify absentee ballot signatures to their corresponding voter registration signatures, investigate all voting irregularities, and count only the votes that were legally cast.”

Signature matching will not take place during the recount, according to Gabriel Sterling, the statewide voting system implementation manager in Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office. He said it’s “not part of this

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US Attorney Andrew Lelling, a Trump appointee, says ‘it sure looks like Joe Biden won’; no major irregularities found in Massachusetts

U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, said Sunday that it appeared President-elect Joe Biden had won, and noted that Massachusetts saw no significant election issues that would have impacted tallies in the commonwealth.

Lelling’s comments, on WCVB’s “On the Record,” come as states move forward with certifying votes this week while Trump’s 30-plus lawsuits challenging Biden’s victory falter in court.

“It sure looks like Joe Biden won the election,” Lelling said. “I think the president’s entitled to his day in court. And that’s happening and that’s the system working.”

The president’s legal team has alleged, without presenting evidence, that Biden’s projected win is the byproduct of a Democrat-led nationwide conspiracy involving bipartisan local poll workers, bipartisan state election officials, voting hardware and software and international bad actors.

Trump administration officials at the Department of Homeland Security, some of whom have since resigned or

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Georgia to begin Trump campaign-requested recount of presidential contest Tuesday

Beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Georgia’s 159 counties can start recounting the approximately 5 million votes cast in the presidential race after the Trump campaign requested a machine recount. But while they’re tasked with finishing this third count by midnight Dec. 2, the secretary of state’s office is urging counties not to sacrifice accuracy for speed.



a man wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump listens to administration officials after speaking about prescription drug prices during an appearance in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Nov. 20, 2020.


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President Donald Trump listens to administration officials after speaking about prescription drug prices during an appearance in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Nov. 20, 2020.

“Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. You don’t want to rush yourself and cause mistakes and errors that you have to go back and fix … the smoother you do this, the better off you’re going to be,” Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting system implementation manager, said in a virtual news conference Monday.

MORE: Georgia certifies election results,

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Trump WI Recount Seeks To Throw Out Tens Of Thousands Of Votes

November 21 2020

This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access.

It may feel like 2016 all over again for some Wisconsin election officials: a presidential contender wins by about a 20,000-vote margin, there is a nearly even partisan divide and with Thanksgiving around the corner, workers are beginning a recount.

But this recount differs in one key respect. President Donald Trump’s campaign is not just looking for an accurate count of votes. The primary aim is to separate out and invalidate tens of thousands of ballots in two heavily Democratic counties that it claims were cast illegally — but in accordance with long-standing practice in Wisconsin.

In a petition filed Wednesday morning, the Trump campaign accused Wisconsin election officials of illegally issuing absentee ballots to in-person voters without first requiring them to fill out an application, a challenge

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Michigan Certifies and Pennsylvania Tosses Trump Lawsuits

Delusional Trump Supporters Wrong Again

Republican National Committee had urged a delay in Michigan but it was another losing effort as the Board of Canvassers certifies Michigan’s election results.

The board, made up of two Republicans and two Democrats, met Nov. 23 to make the vote count official after all 83 Michigan counties certified their election results, which include Joe Biden’s 2.8% statewide victory over President Donald Trump. The state certification of the more than 5.5 million ballots cast comes after Trump and his attorneys and supporters persistently called for delaying certification. Board of State Canvasser Norman Shinkle abstained from the vote.

Christopher Thomas, a former Michigan Elections Director who came out of retirement to help oversee Detroit’s election process, took questions from the board and said the canvassers don’t have the authority to conduct or order investigations or audits of the count before certification.

Thomas said the board may

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Republican Lawmakers Were Unwise to Meet with Trump, says UM Law Expert

We’re at an inflection point in GOP efforts to cast doubt on the clear results of the November election. On Monday, the Board of State Canvassers meets at 1 p.m. to certify the results of the election. But it’s unclear whether it will do so.

It’s dangerous for a person who’s clean and wants to stay clean to take a meeting with someone who is willing to cross that line and ask you not to stay clean anymore.” – Richard Primus, University of Michigan Law School.

Late last week, top Republican state lawmakers including state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) met with the president at the White House. It’s not clear exactly what they talked about, but it stands to reason that the subject of disregarding the will of voters and delivering the state’s Electoral College votes to Trump

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Trump appeals Pennsylvania vote case seeking to block Biden

The Trump campaign’s appeal of its devastating loss in federal court in Pennsylvania misspells the word “president” and butchers grammar.

The appeal filed Monday also did not ask an appeals court to reverse its defeat or temporarily block Pennsylvania counties’ certification of votes, which are due later in the day.

Instead, the appeal at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit effectively asks for a do-over of its so-far-botched legal effort to invalidate enough votes in Pennsylvania to overturn a projected victory for President-elect Joe Biden, and a loss for President Donald Trump.

The campaign wants the appeals court to allow it to pursue a second amended lawsuit, which the lower court judge effectively barred them from doing with his ruling Saturday.

The appeal appears to be as much of a long shot as the case on which it is based. But it could speed up what

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