Rudy Giuliani Says Joe Biden’s Lead In Georgia ‘Means Nothing’
Former Mayor's remarks come amid forthcoming lawsuit
Former Vice President Joe Biden's lead in Georgia was confirmed after the Georgia secretary of state announced the hand recount.
A full manual tally of all five million votes cast began on November 13.
The office is poised to certify the results by Friday.
The result showed Biden ahead of President Donald Trump by about 14,000 votes.
The recount found Biden ahead by 12,284 votes.
Jaclyn Rothenberg, Georgia communications director for 'Biden for President', said the recount process simply reaffirmed that voters in the state chose Biden to be their next president.
“We are grateful to the election officials, volunteers, and workers for working overtime and under unprecedented circumstances to complete this recount, as the utmost form of public service," Rothenberg said.
The secretary of state’s office said they anticipated the variation in the results:
“The differential of the audit results from the original machine counted results is well within the expected margin of human error that occurs when hand-counting ballots,” Ben Adida, executive director of VotingWorks, said in the secretary of state’s announcement.
The secretary of state cited a study finding that “hand counting of votes in postelection audit or recount procedures can result in error rates of up to 2 percent.”
The office reported that in Georgia most counties did not see changes in their final tallies.
During the recount, four counties encountered striking errors.
Local outlet WMAZ identified Floyd County as the most significant.
Around 2,600 uncounted ballots were discovered during the recount in Floyd, giving Trump an additional 778 votes.
Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani cited alleged fraud in Georgia’s election before announcing a lawsuit in the state was forthcoming.
The former New York Mayor also objected to the recount due to concerns with envelope signature matching.
“The recount being done in Georgia will tell us nothing because these fraudulent ballots will just be counted again because they wouldn’t provide the signatures to match the ballots. So, it means nothing,” Giuliani said.
Trump expressed the same concern with envelope signatures:
Almost ZERO ballots rejected in Georgia this election. In years past, close to 4%. Not possible. Must have signature check on envelopes now. Very easy to do. Dems fighting because they got caught. Far more votes than needed for flip. Republicans must get tough! @BrianKempGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2020
Because the margin of Biden’s lead is within 0.5 percent, Trump’s campaign is also entitled to request a machine recount within two days of the results’ certification.