They’re still counting votes all over Georgia, and it’s really, really close. Although Democrat Joe Biden overtook President Donald Trump earlier on Friday, his lead position is very narrow and under Georgia law a candidate can request a recount if the margin is in about 0.5 percentage points, which is the case here.
We asked Kate Brumback, an Associated Press correspondent in Atlanta, what could happen next.
WHERE IS ALL THIS GOING?
With a small margin like this, the foreign minister said this morning there might be a recount. One of the two candidates can make a request. Trump̵7;s campaign is currently on track, and it looks like he might be asking for a campaign. But if Trump ends first, it could be the Biden campaign that requires a recount.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
Well, according to the secretary of state, the recount will be done on high-speed scanners at each county’s central election office.
So they first create a set of tests and count them by hand. They then pass the same ballots through the scanner and see if the votes match. If they do and election staff determines that the scanner is working correctly, every ballot will be re-scanned.
When will it end?
Of course it is too early to say in this case. But AP research shows there have been at least 31 statewide recounts since 2000. And of those, only three changed election results. The initial profit margins in those races were all below 300 votes.