The office of Georgia’s Secretary of State released a statement at around 12:30 p.m. on Friday, saying that the results of the Presidential Election in Georgia had been certified. However, an hour later, they corrected themselves and said that this was not the case. This statement, which is said to have been issued by mistake, caused a lot of confusion early Friday.
According to the initial press release, officials confirmed that Joe Biden won in the state. While the original margin in Georgia was small and the results of the audit show a slight drop in votes for Biden, the post-audit results show that Biden beat Trump by 12,284 votes and confirm that there was no widespread fraud or irregularities in this election.
Since the correction, there has been no additional information on the progress towards certification. The state has until 5 p.m. on Friday to certify their election results. Remarks are to be made by Governor Brian Kemp at 5 p.m., the same time as the certification deadline.
While an audit is currently being performed to certify results within the state, once the results are certified, Donald Trump may request an official recount. President Trump is entitled to a recount by machines, as the gap between him and Biden is within 0.5%. Trump has two business days after certification to make this official recount request.