Georgia certification still underway, secretary of state’s office says after announcing it was complete
“Numbers don’t lie,” Raffensperger said during a news conference earlier Friday. “As Secretary of State, I believe that the numbers that we are presented today are correct.”
Raffensperger’s office then issued a press release at 12:26 p.m., saying, “The Georgia Secretary of State Office today certified the results for the November 3, 2020 General Election.” But it sent a “correction” at 1:06 p.m. saying, “Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger today will certify the results for the November 3, 2020 General Election.”
The scheme essentially becomes impossible if key states certify their presidential results before December 8, which is known as a “safe harbor” deadline under federal law. Now that Georgia has certified its results, the state has met the deadline and Congress is required to respect these results.
Now that the results are certified, Trump is entitled to ask for a statewide machine recount because of the narrow margin. The deadline for his campaign to request that recount is Tuesday afternoon.
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit to delay Georgia’s certification. The case was brought by one of the potential Republican electors, and the Trump campaign was not officially involved. Lin Wood, who brought the lawsuit, would have served as a pro-Trump elector if Trump won Georgia.
This story has been updated following Raffensperger’s announcement the results have not been certified.
CNN’s Caroline Kelly contributed to this report.