While the wait for a US presidential election winner continues, President Donald Trump and his team have filed several lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, while demanding a recount of votes in Wisconsin.
With an election this close, the specter of multiple recounts looms – but as with any election, there are rules to be followed and Mr Trump may not be able to request recounts in other narrow states.
Each state has its own procedures for requesting or enforcing a recount, but with paper margins in states like Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, there’s a chance Mr Trump or even Mr Biden could call for a recount .
What are the state rules and could they affect Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden’s election hopes?
The states were already calling for Joe Biden
First, a run through the states that have already been awarded to Mr Biden and the Democrats.
Michigan enables automatic recounting if the profit margin is less than 2,000 votes. With 99 percent of the votes, Mr. Biden leads with more than 145,000 votes.
Mr Trump could request a recount there, but this would have to be done within 48 hours of the vote, and he would have to be judged in order to have a “reasonable chance of winning the election”. The Trump campaign would also have to pay for the recount.
Wisconsin does not have an automatic recount. no matter how close the vote is, only one can be requested if the margin is less than 1 percent the vote.
It is for this reason that Mr Trump has requested a recount as Mr Biden’s victory was only 0.7 percent of the vote.
The Trump campaign called for a recount before the state was even called. However, since the margin was over 0.25 percent, they have to pay for it again.
Arizona was called after Mr Biden by the Associated Press, Fox News, and Antony Green, but many other US sources failed to name it as it remains tight.
However the state only triggers a recount if the difference in votes is less than 0.1 percentThis makes the scenario highly unlikely.
A candidate is crucial unable to request a recount in Arizona by myself.
What about the still disputed states?
Georgia remains one of the closest and most difficult races with Mr Biden having a narrow lead.
In fact, in a state where there are, Mr Trump and Mr Biden are currently separated by fewer than 5,000 votes no automatic recount.
However, a recount can be Called by a candidate when the margin is less than 0.5 percentand if Mr Trump loses in Georgia – where his team has already taken legal action – he likely will.
The request only needs to be made within two days of the completion of the first count.
Nevada This is where things get a little interesting. There are No automatic recount, but a candidate can request one regardless of defeat.
Republicans have already promoted the concept of litigation in the state.
North Carolina Postal votes can be received late if they are marked with a postal date before the deadline.
However, it is expected that Mr. Trump will hold the state and collect the 15 votes offered by the electoral college.
If Mr Biden should ask for a recount, then could only be initiated if the margin is less than 1 percent.
Finally in PennsylvaniaThe pre-election votes put Mr Biden by almost 15,000 votes.
In Pennsylvania, An automatic recount is called when the profit margin is less than or equal to 0.5 Percentage points.
There are, however two other quirky ways a recount can be done – One requires at least three signatures from voters proving a mistake in the voting list, and the other involves petitioning a state court for fraud and error.
However, as in most cases, the cost will be borne by the candidate requesting the census.
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