After a week-long hand recount of Georgia’s presidential election results, the Georgia secretary of state’s office reaffirmed Thursday night President-elect Joe Biden won the state and its 16 electoral votes.
A “risk-limiting audit” found Biden won Georgia by 12,284 votes, a narrower margin than the 14,196-vote lead he held immediately following the election. Local election administrators identified uncounted ballots in four counties. Each was the result of human error.
“Georgia’s historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state’s new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who ordered the recount, said in a statement. “This is a credit to the hard work of our county and local elections officials who moved quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time.”
Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992.