02:17 GMT06 December 2020
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    There has already been a recount of votes in Georgia, with State Secretary Brad Raffensperger certifying the results on Friday after announcing that the hand audit of the ballots reaffirmed the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the state.

    The Trump campaign on Saturday filed a petition requesting another vote recount in Georgia, insisting that a third count include signature-matching "and other vital safeguards".

    "Without signature matching, this recount would be a sham and again allow for illegal votes to be counted", the campaign statement said. "If there is no signature matching, this would be as phony as the initial vote count and recount. Let's stop giving people false results".

    ​The results of the first recount were announced on Thursday and certified on Friday, with Georgia State Secretary Brad Raffensperger stating that the outcome of the hand audit of the ballots did not change the Biden win in the state.

    This recount was quickly slammed by Trump, who tweeted that the state-monitored recount was a "joke" and claimed that "thousands of fraudulent votes have been found". 

    "Why are they so fast to certify a meaningless tally?", Trump tweeted on Friday.

    Following Raffensperger's announcement of the hand audit result, The Associated Press made its final call, claiming a Joe Biden win in Georgia after the Dem candidate obtained 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232.

    Biden is now referred to by many world leaders and media figures as the "president-elect", after US mainstream media announced that he had won the presidency. The official election results will arrive in the middle of December, after the Electoral College casts its vote.

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