Georgia Secretary of State to certify election for Biden

Trump Campaign Senior Legal Advisor Jenna Ellis speaks as Trump campaign advisor Boris Epshteyn reaches out to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani personal attorney to US President Donald Trump during a news conference in Washingt

"Big pharma ran million dollars of negative advertisements against me during the campaign - which I won, by the way, but you know, we'll find that out", Trump said.

The Board of State Canvassers is to meet on Monday to certify the statewide outcome and it was unclear whether Republican members of that panel would similarly baulk.

Democratic President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to take office on January 20, but Trump has refused to concede and is seeking to invalidate or reverse the results through lawsuits and recounts in a number of states, claiming - without proof - widespread voter fraud.

His office then stumbled on the final step, prematurely announcing that the certification was complete while only unofficial results remained on the public website. Within 40 minutes, the office issued a correction, clarifying that the certification process was still underway.

The 42-year-old is the latest member of the president's family to become infected with a virus that has killed more than 250,000 Americans and infected almost 12 million others. Election officials from different states traveled to Georgia to help, and employees in other county departments were temporarily reassigned to help with the recount. "Some do it great and some don't" says Raffensperger. People close to Trump believe he is putting up a robust fight as a way to energize his supporters so they will come with him as television viewers after he leaves office and bolster his political sway as a kingmaker in the Republican party.

Andrew Giuliani, a White House aide and son of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, said yesterday he had tested positive for Covid-19.

The President spent most of the day hunkered down in the White House, fuming about the "rigged election" and retweeting conservative personalities, arguing that his rival's victory was fraudulent.

Still, there were enough troubling findings in the audit that Raffensperger on Friday made three recommendations for state legislators to improve the state's election administration.

"If we can't make that decision, the constitution clearly states a plan b and allows state legislators to make this decision".

Afterwards, Mr Shirkey and Mr Chatfield said in a joint press release: "We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in MI and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan's electors, just as we have said throughout this election". He also recommended stricter state requirements that would allow officials to investigate suspected cases of voters who may be on the state's voter rolls but are no longer eligible to vote in Georgia.

Kemp said Friday that he was concerned that the audit looked only at ballots, not the signatures on the absentee ballot applications or absentee ballot envelopes.

The hand count for the audit produced some slight differences from the previous machine tally, but no individual county showed a variation in margin larger than 0.73%, and the variation in margin in 103 of the state's 159 counties was less than 0.05%, the secretary of state's office said.

At a news conference at the state capitol on Friday morning, before the results were certified, Raffensperger reiterated his confidence in the 2020 elections. Instead he said the law requires him to "formalize the certification, which paves the way for the Trump campaign to pursue other legal options and a separate recount if they choose".

"The entire legal team will continue to follow the advice and protocols of our doctors", Ellis wrote.

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