The future of US President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda depends on two Georgia Senate run-off competitions, the outcome of which may not be known days after Tuesday’s election close.
Opinion polls show Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue have roughly the same support as Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
The slow counting of Georgia’s postal ballot papers in the November presidential election kept the world in the dark about who won the state for three days after the elections were closed. Biden won with less than 12,000 votes out of approximately 5 million votes cast.
A similar delay could come after Tuesday’s competitions when the races are really close, says Walter Jones, a spokesman for the office of Georgia’s top election official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
« We may be looking at each other for several days, » Jones said on Monday, adding that the delay was mostly due to postal ballot papers returned on election day.
Officials can only be released on Tuesday at 19. Start counting the ballot papers at midnight even though they have started processing, e.g.. B.. to verify that voters’ signatures on postal ballot papers match those on files.
These ballots, as well as more than 2 million in-person votes in early voting centers, are likely to be counted quickly on election night.
For the postal votes arriving on election day, the officials still have to open envelopes, check signatures and load the ballot papers into counting machines.
You also need to process hundreds of thousands of votes that are expected to be cast in person that day.
In November, postal ballots heavily favored Biden in Georgia and other swing states, while President Donald Trump led the votes in person.
If more Democrats vote by post this time, initial results could also show Republicans a lead that is giving way.
The slow counting of postal ballots was a major reason Trump started on Jan.. Took the lead early November to pursue Biden in the days that followed.
In the end, about a quarter of the Georgian ballots were cast in the mail in November, and Biden won about two-thirds. The rest was filled personally, with about 55 percent going to Trump.
Georgia allows a losing candidate to force a recount if the profit margin is less than or equal to zero. 5 percent.
A recount must be requested within two days of the election officials confirming the results.
Candidates can also request a recount if they believe an error has occurred in the table. In this case, the State Secretary must decide whether to do one.
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