Megan Varner / Getty ImagesGwinnett County workers begin their recount of ballots on Nov. 13, 2020, in Lawrenceville, Georgia. (Megan Varner / Getty Images)
Election officials in Georgia’s 159 counties are undertaking a hand tally of the presidential race.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the tight margin in the presidential race — Democrat Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 14,000 votes — means a full hand count is necessary.
The counties were required to begin the count by 9 a.m. Friday. The secretary of state’s office has instructed county election officials to complete the audit by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
The deadline for the state to certify the results is Nov. 20.
County election staffers will work with the paper ballots in batches, dividing them into piles for each candidate. Then they will count each pile by hand, Fuchs said.
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