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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Georgia will conduct another presidential election results recount following a Trump campaign request on Saturday.

Why it matters: State election officials and Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Friday certified Georgia's election results that show President-elect Joe Biden officially won the state by just over 12,600 votes.

  • But Georgia officials had said earlier that the Trump campaign had until Tuesday to request a recount since the margin was within 0.5%.

Details: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) asked his deputy in a written message to "officially notify county election directors to prepare for the recount and to notify political parties so they could muster observers at the respective sites," which he said would be "highly scrutinized," AP reports.

  • "[E]mphasize to the counties the importance of transparency and accuracy of the process," Raffensperger said in his message.
  • The new count would be completed using scanning machines and paid for by the counties.

What they're saying: Trump's legal team said in a statement confirming the filing of the recount petition, "We are focused on ensuring that every aspect of Georgia State Law and the U.S. Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted. President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature matching and other vital safeguards."

  • Raffensperger wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Saturday, headlined "Georgia's election results are sound," that the state's voting system "has never been more secure or trustworthy."
  • "In Georgia, signatures for absentee ballot voters are verified twice to ensure that each voter gets one vote — and only one vote," he wrote.

The big picture: Trump and his campaign are seeking to discredit election tallies in key swing states that flipped to Biden this cycle, making baseless claims of widespread voter fraud they say affected results. That's despite secretaries of state and election officials across the U.S. reporting nothing of the sort for in-person or mail-in voting.

  • A Republican judge in Pennsylvania earlier on Saturday became the latest to dismiss a Trump campaign lawsuit.
  • That suit sought to block the certification of the state's election results, which the judge found were based on "speculative accusations ... and unsupported by evidence."

Go deeper: Trump challenges cement Biden triumph

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

Go deeper

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The test of the electoral system

Two weeks ago, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers in Michigan met to certify the presidential election results and both Republican members refused. The two Democratic canvassers voted to approve the results. That meant it was a tie. A few hours later, the Republicans relented — there was another vote, and the certification happened.

It wasn’t just these Republicans in Michigan. A Republican Secretary of State in Georgia, a Republican county supervisor in Arizona and Republican-appointed judges in Pennsylvania were among the state and local officials who ended up validating Joe Biden’s presidential win over Donald Trump in the presidential election.

Did it all come down to these few people?

  • Plus, President Trump wants to auction drilling rights in Alaska’s Arctic Wildlife Refuge.
  • And, a new genealogy database dedicated to enslaved people and their stories.

Trump refuses to say whether he has confidence in Barr

President Trump declined to say on Thursday whether he still has confidence in Attorney General Bill Barr, after insisting that Barr "hasn't done anything" to investigate his unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud.

Why it matters: Trump has weighed firing Barr in recent days, seething about the attorney general's statement this week that the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the election.

23 hours ago - Technology

Report: Facebook's misinformation checks on Georgia runoff are failing

Photo: Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Misinformation is proliferating on Facebook about January's Senate election in Georgia despite the company's stated plans to keep conspiracy theories and falsehoods around the runoffs at bay, a new report from nonprofit human-rights group Avaaz finds.

Why it matters: The Georgia runoffs are a huge test for the fact-checking and labeling abilities of Facebook and other social media companies, as President Trump and his allies continue to spread false theories about voter fraud.