Georgia’s Secretary of State announced a hand recount of votes, granting request from the Trump campaign.
BREAKING: Georgia Secretary of State about to announce that they will conduct a HAND RECOUNT of the presidential race.
— Amy Gardner (@AmyEGardner) November 11, 2020
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has called for all ballots cast in Georgia to be recounted by hand instead of by machine, and has threatened to take the issue to court if the Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger does not take action himself.
Georgia Rep. Doug Collins (R), who was picked to lead the Trump camp’s Georgia recount push over the weekend, said the state should also “check for felons and other ineligible persons” who might have cost votes in the battleground state in last week’s elections.
In a statement posted to social media by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Patricia Murphy, the GOP lawmaker added that the Trump campaign sought a “full comparison” of absentee ballots alongside in-person and provision ballots.
Releasing the demands on Tuesday morning, Collins said: “As we begin the recount process, there are three things we are formally requesting today from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. First, there must be a full comparison of absentee ballots cast and in-person and provisional ballots cast throughout the state.
“Second, there must be a check for felons and other ineligible persons who may have cast a ballot. Third, and most importantly, the Secretary of State should announce a full hand-count of every ballot cast in each and every county due to widespread allegations of voter irregularities, issues with voting machines, and poll watcher access.