The state of Georgia certified the electoral victory for Joe Biden
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed documentation on Friday officially granting the state’s 16 electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden.
Earlier on Friday, Kemp announced that he would “follow the law” and certify Biden’s electoral votes.
State law requires Kemp, a Republican, to award Georgia’s electoral votes to the certified winner of the presidential election. A federal judge on Thursday rejected a last resort lawsuit seeking to block certification, and Biden’s victory was certified Friday afternoon by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
“Earlier today, Secretary Raffensperger presented the certified results of the 2020 general election to my office,” Kemp said at a news conference. “Following Judge (Steven) Grimberg’s ruling yesterday, state law now requires the governor’s office to formalize certification, paving the way for the Trump campaign to pursue other legal options and a separate recount if they so choose.
The certification will formalize the reduced presidential results after a state audit confirmed that Joe Biden won more votes than President Donald Trump and would be a major blow to Trump’s risky efforts to overturn the election result.
The announcement culminates a fast-paced day in which Raffensperger’s office announced that the results were certified, only to send a “correction” an hour later, saying the process was still ongoing. A third press release around 4 pm ET, said certification was completed.
An official in Raffensperger’s office told that the latest announcement is accurate and that the results were certified. This is a blow to Trump’s efforts to reverse the results. Biden won in Georgia by 12,670 votes, or 0.26% of the nearly 5 million votes cast statewide, according to certified final results from the Georgia secretary of state.
“The numbers don’t lie,” Raffensperger said during a news conference on Friday. “As Secretary of State, I believe the figures presented to us today are correct.”
Certifying election results is often a formality, but the arcane process has become the last battlefield in Trump’s risky attempt to cling to power. His campaign is trying to block or delay certification in key states in hopes of nullifying Biden’s victory through the Electoral College.
The scheme becomes essentially 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 must honor these results.