Report: “Recount finds thousands of Georgia votes missing from initial counts”

We’re 16 days out from Election Day. Here’s the news that you’ll want to know:

(1) Georgia recount uncovers “nearly 6,000 additional votes”; results expected today

 

(2) Wisconsin recount “off to a rough start” after reportedly contentious 5-hour Wisconsin Election Commissions meeting

 

(3) Nancy Pelosi “reaffirms” she won’t run again for Speaker after next Congress

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Georgia recount uncovers “nearly 6,000 additional votes.” Results are expected today.

“‘The old system would let us know that we had a memory card that hadn’t been counted,’ said Darryl Hicks, chairman for the Fayette County elections board. ‘That would certainly be a good control to have in place. There are internal controls we need to have in place as well. We had opportunities to correct the problem.'” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Read the full story on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • The Georgia recount numbers are expected to be released today, with President Trump picking up votes so Joe Biden’s lead is down to 12,871 votes. The two Senate run-off races on January 5th won’t be affected.

 

  • The state election results will be certified tomorrow, and either campaign may request another re-count after that since the margin is so close.

 

 

 

 

And for background:

 

 

 

 

  • Georgia awards 16 Electoral College votes.

Wisconsin recount “off to a rough start” after reportedly contentious 5-hour Wisconsin Election Commissions meeting.

Wisconsin’s recount turned into a partisan brawl Wednesday night, well before the first votes began to be retallied. The three Republicans and three Democrats on the Wisconsin Elections Commission clashed repeatedly in a late-night virtual meeting as they tried to establish guidelines spelling out how clerks should conduct the recount during the coronavirus pandemic.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Read the full story on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 

 

  • The recount must be completed by Tuesday, December 1.

 

  • The recount petition signed by President Trump (read it for yourself) said: “The Petitioners are informed and believe that mistakes and fraud were committed throughout the State of Wisconsin, including particularly in the City of Madison, the City of Milwaukee, and throughout Dane County and Milwaukee County in the counting and return of votes cast in the election for President of the United States.”

 

 

Nancy Pelosi “reaffirms” she won’t run again for Speaker after next Congress.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday reaffirmed a pledge she made to House Democrats two years ago that she would give up the gavel after the 117th Congress. Ahead of the 116th Congress, Pelosi cut a deal with a handful of members threatening to vote against her for speaker on the floor. To win their support, the California Democrat agreed to allow the caucus to vote on proposed term limits for the top three Democratic leaders and to abide by the proposal herself regardless of whether it was adopted.” (Roll Call)

Read the full story on Roll Call

 

 

  • Given House Democrats’ slim majority (just single digits!), Speaker Pelosi needs to unite the House Democrats to keep her leadership role for her final term as Speaker. It seems likely that she will, but it’s not a sure thing until the vote in January when the new Congress begins.