Incumbent president Donald Trump requests a recount as Joe Biden is declared the winner of the 2020 election

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The handwriting is on the wall but the sitting President just can’t seem to face the music. President Trump who has yet to concede, has requested a recount in Georgia and it looks like other key swing states are next in line. 

As it stands now president-elect Joe Biden is ahead in Georgia by 14,122 votes. At a press conference, Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger announced that a hand-counted verification of presidential votes will be taking place. In response, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) tweeted, “Georgia’s hand recount is a great step forward in protecting the integrity of our elections. We MUST fight to protect every legal vote!”

Al Jazeera reports that during the hand recount, election officers will count paper ballots and divide them into piles for each candidate. Then they will run the piles through machines to count the number of ballots for each candidate. The state deadline to complete verification is November 20. 

There are 16 electoral votes in Georgia. Should Trump overturn the state, it would only bring him up to 248 electoral votes. In order to win the election he would need to overturn Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona to get the majority of electoral votes. 

As well, Madison reports that Trump’s campaign plans to request a recount in Wisconsin. As it stands, Biden won Wisconsin by 20,540 votes. As per Madison, once the Wisconsin Election Commission receives notice that the last county has completed its canvass, which is due no later than November 17, the Trump campaign will have until 5:00 p.m. on the next day to petition a recount. 

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In foresight, if President Trump challenges the election results all the way up to the Supreme Court, there is a possibility that the election will be contested, as the majority of the judges are Republican. As well, Trump appointed three out of nine Judges personally. Should that happen on January 20 President Trump would have to leave the White House and president-elect Biden will not be able to begin his term in office.  Instead, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-NY) would serve in the interim until a winner is selected. 

Despite the voter fraud allegations that have been released via tweet by sitting President Trump, president-elect Biden, has remained calm aside from his concerns about global pandemic. Biden tweeted, “I am the president-elect, but will not be president until next year. COVID-19 does not respect dates on the calendar, it is accelerating right now. Urgent action is needed today, now, by the current administration.”

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