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A Georgia recount will likely begin November 24th 2020

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The Secretary of State has until 5 p.m. on Nov. 20 to initially certify the results. That is laid out in state law, as follows: “Not later than 5:00 P.M. on the seventeenth day following the date on which such election was conducted, the Secretary of State shall certify the votes cast.”

Seventeen days after Election Day, this year, is Nov. 20.

Then, finally, a candidate has, according to law, “within a period of two business days following the certification of the election results… the right to a recount of the votes cast, if such request is made in writing by the losing candidate.”

The law also stipulates that the candidate can only request the recount if the results are within 0.5% of the total votes cast, but in Georgia that’s clearly going to be the case between President Trump and President-elect Joe Biden.

Nov. 20 is a Friday, so if the Secretary of State waited until the deadline, two business days following that would be Tuesday, Nov. 24. That’s the very latest a recount could begin.

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