Mr Raffensperger also hit back on Representative Doug Collins, who is overseeing Mr Trump’s efforts in Georgia and accusing the Secretary of State of giving in to Democratic pressure. Mr. Raffensperger called Mr. Collins a “liar” and a “charlatan”.
The extraordinary, labor-intensive effort to repeat each vote in each of Georgia’s 159 counties began Friday morning, and the counties have until late Wednesday, just before midnight, to complete the work. According to the State Secretary, 4.3 million ballots out of almost five million votes had been counted by Monday evening.
The State Secretary refused on Monday to publish the results of the recounts from individual counties. But over the weekend, Patrick Moore, a Biden campaign attorney, said the Democrats were monitoring the results from county to county and found that there were some discrepancies between the original censuses and the recounts, but they were minor and minor would not affect Mr. Biden’s frontrunner status in the state.
“As expected, the districts that have so far completed their audits have moved the number of votes, but almost imperceptibly and so far in favor of Joe Biden,” said Moore during a telephone press conference.
With the newly discovered ballot papers in Floyd County, Mr. Biden’s leadership will increase from approximately 14,200 to approximately 13,300 votes, according to Mr. Sterling. The New York Times declared Mr. Biden the winner of 16 votes in Georgia on Friday and joined a number of major news organizations.
Mr Sterling said Floyd County officials discovered the problem during the recount. Mr. Sterling called the mistake “gross incompetence” on the part of the Floyd County polling officer and said Mr. Raffensperger had asked the director to resign.
It was the Trump campaign that requested a hand count in a letter to Mr Raffensperger last week. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Raffensperger ordered the recount, which according to his office is technically a test.