The US presidential electoral state of Georgia was due to confirm Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump on Thursday after a careful recount when Trump’s re-election campaign said he would withdraw a lawsuit in Michigan.
Official in charge of implementing Georgia’s voting systems, Gabriel Sterling, told Fox News that the state review and recount is nearly complete and on track to verify Biden’s advantage. He called allegations of voter irregularities “wild misrepresentations”.
“The good thing was, the audit did its job,” he said when it found a few small amounts of untold votes counted that morning. “The recount is going great.”
In the state-to-state electoral college that determines the election winner, Democrat Biden received 306 votes for Republican Trump’s 232, well ahead of the 270 votes needed to win. The winner in each state receives that state’s vote, a number roughly proportional to the population.
Trump’s campaign has had little success in a number of states. Biden’s election campaign dismissed these legal motions, strewn with factual errors, as “theater”.
Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said Thursday the campaign had withdrawn its lawsuit to challenge voting results in Michigan, where Biden was certified as the winner of a number of events this week.
Two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers initially voted Tuesday to block certification of the vote before reversing their decision after angry public reaction.
Both then signed affidavits on Wednesday to nullify their confirmation of Biden’s victory. They said they changed their positions under pressure. A spokesman for the Secretary of State for Michigan said the ex-post statement did not prevent the ballots from being certified.
One of the pair, Monica Palmer, texted Reuters Thursday that Trump had called her to check-in after the vote was confirmed.
Trump has fewer and fewer opportunities to reject the results of an election in which Biden won 5.8 million more votes nationwide. Biden is to be sworn in on January 20th.
Critics say Trump’s refusal to make concessions is having serious implications for national security and the fight against the coronavirus, which has killed more than 250,000 Americans.
Among other things, the administration has withheld funding and security reviews from Biden employees to facilitate the president’s transition.
“A Deeper Problem”
In Pennsylvania, where Biden won by 82,000 votes, the Trump campaign is asking a judge there to declare him the winner. The Republican-controlled legislature should select the 20 voters of the state’s electoral college.
In Wisconsin, the Trump campaign has paid off, or a partial recount, though election officials there say it will likely only add to Biden’s 20,000-vote advantage in a 10-vote state.
Several prominent law firms have withdrawn from the legal work of the Trump campaign, leaving Trump’s personal attorney Giuliani to lead the effort.
Trump said on Twitter Thursday that attorneys would hold a press conference at noon ET (1700 GMT) to discuss a “viable road to victory.”
State and federal election officials, as well as outside experts, say Trump’s argument that his election was stolen by widespread electoral fraud actually has no basis.
However, it does appear to be damaging public confidence in American democracy. A Reuters / Ipsos opinion poll published on Wednesday found that around half of Republicans believe Trump “rightly won” the election.
Arizona’s top electoral officer, Democrat Katie Hobbs, said she and her family had been threatened with violence and urged Trump to have no more doubts about the outcome, which saw him lose just over 10,000 votes.
“(The threats) are a symptom of a deeper problem in our state and country – the consistent and systematic undermining of mutual trust and our democratic process,” Hobbs said in a statement.
Trump, who has largely stayed in the White House since the elections and withdrawn from the public eye, has no public events scheduled for Thursday.
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