GEORGIA'S secretary of state announced that the state will conduct a full election recount of millions of ballots by hand – delaying the results until Nov. 20.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger broke the news on Wednesday, at a press conference in Atlanta saying, "With the margin being so close it will require a full by hand recount in each county."
According to Raffensperger, the action "will help build confidence" in legitimizing the election results.
"It will be an audit, a recount and a recanvas all at once," he added.
Raffensperger said the state needs to get the final county certifications reported before it moves to a "risk limiting audit."
The secretary of state added that he expects the final results of the recount to be completed by November 20.
Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Saturday, after winning the state of Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral college votes.
According to CNN, there is still no projected winner in the state of Georgia, but as the current numbers stand, Biden leads President Donald Trump by more than 14,000 votes.
The outlet reported that it projects Biden to win the presidential election, however, Trump has not conceded the race and insists the election was "rigged" against him.
On Tueday, US Rep. Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican who's leading the Trump campaign's recount efforts in the state, requested a pre-certification "manual hand recount of every ballot cast within the State of Georgia" for president.
However, despite the president's request, Raffensperger denied that the state is going ahead with the audit because the Trump campaign asked them to.
"We're doing this because it's really what makes the most sense," he said on Wednesday.
"With the national significance of this race, and the closeness of this race, we have to run a statewide audit."
The secretary of state acknowledged that the action will be expensive and "a heavy lift" and that election workers will be working overtime.
As of Wednesday, Biden leads Trump by more than five million votes.
Biden has amassed 77,372,350, while President Trump holds 72,255,297 votes.
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