Georgia Recount Could Take Weeks, But Almost Certainly Won't Matter

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has said there will be a recount of the election votes as Joe Biden and Donald Trump are still neck and neck.

According to the Associated Press (AP) forecast, with 99 percent of the votes counted Biden and Trump are both tied at 49.4 percent each, with the Democratic candidate ahead by around 1600 votes.

In Georgia, a recount can be asked for if the margin is less than 0.5 percent of the total votes cast. The request must be made within two business days following the results certification deadline.

"Right now, Georgia remains too close to call," Raffensperger said. "Out of approximately five million votes counted, we'll have a margin of a few thousand.

"The focus for our office and for the county election officials for now remains on making sure that every legal vote is counted and recorded accurately. As we are closing in on a final count, we can begin to look towards our next steps.

"With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia. Interest in our election obviously goes far beyond Georgia's borders, the final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for our entire country.

Raffensperger added: "The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right, and we will defend the integrity of our election."

With Trump behind Biden overall, the president needs to win Georgia as well as a number of other states if he has any chance of being elected for a second term.

If a recount is officially requested, it could take weeks for it to be carried out and confirmed. However, Biden may have already won the presidency by then.

Biden is currently on 264 electoral votes, according to AP forecasts, meaning he will get the 270 points needed if he wins any of the remaining states still yet to be called.

On Friday, Biden overtook Trump in Georgia, as well as Pennsylvania where millions of mail-in votes have been counted. He is currently in the lead in Nevada and Arizona too.

Gabriel Sterling, Georgia's Voting System implementation manager, said that there are 4,169 outstanding ballots left to count in the state.

"Everything's going to have to be investigated to protect the integrity of the vote," Sterling said. "We are literally looking at a margin of less than a large high school."

Sterling also disputed baseless claims repeatedly made by Trump that there are any examples of vote fraud in the state.

Fulton County election workers examine ballots while vote counting, at State Farm Arena on November 5, in Atlanta. Officials said there will be a recount of the election votes in the state as Joe Biden and Donald Trump are still neck and neck. TAMI CHAPPELL/AFP/Getty