Georgia Will Begin Recounting Votes, With Biden Still Favored

first_imgBut after that, the Trump campaign can still request an official recount, if the result is within half a percentage point. That means President Trump could effectively get three bites at the apple — or the peach, as it were — in Georgia. Still, with the margin in the first tally giving Joseph R. Biden Jr. an edge of more than 14,000 votes, election observers do not believe any number of counts will alter the outcome.Counties will begin their audits on Friday morning and are required to finish up by midnight on Nov. 18. Auditors from the counties’ elections divisions will sit at tables and count the ballots. Most of what will be reviewed will be straightforward: printed copies of in-person votes cast on electronic machines. But county officials will also review absentee ballots marked by hand. If they find ambiguities, the ballots will be referred to a three-person adjudication panel in each county made up of a Democratic representative, a Republican representative and a county official who will break ties.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Georgia’s 159 counties were poised on Thursday to begin recounting nearly five million ballots in the presidential election, but confusion surrounded the proceedings even as county officials raced to get ready.A day after Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, described the process as a hand recount, his subordinates said Thursday that it was technically an audit and not a recount, though it would have largely the same effect. Counties are being told to audit every vote cast and tally a new result by midnight on Wednesday, two days before the state’s Nov. 20 deadline to certify its results.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img The situation in Georgia grew more complicated on Thursday when Mr. Raffensperger went into quarantine after his wife tested positive for the coronavirus; as of Thursday afternoon she was planning to take a second test. Jordan Fuchs, a deputy secretary of state, said that Mr. Raffensperger and several of his senior staff members also planned to get tested on Thursday.The state’s use of an audit to re-tally all of the votes that were cast is unusual, though the secretary of state’s office believes it has the legal authority to do so. Audits are typically carried out for a portion of the vote to verify the results.“This will be the largest hand re-tallying by an audit in the history of the United States,” Gabriel Sterling, a top deputy in the secretary of state’s office, said at a news conference on Thursday. “We understand that. It is a heavy lift.” Critics questioned the move.“If they are saying that this is the audit, the law does not permit them to take audit results and make them official,” said Marilyn Marks, the director of the Coalition for Good Governance, a voting rights group. “Clearly, the secretary is responding to political pressures rather than following the intent of the law.” Paige Hill, a spokeswoman for the Biden campaign, said in a statement that “historically only races with exceptionally close margins have any likelihood of being overturned,” adding: “President-elect Biden’s margin is now at more than 14,000 votes. At the end of this hand recount process, we are confident the Election Day result will be reaffirmed: Georgians have selected Joe Biden as their next commander in chief.”Mr. Raffensperger’s office has come under considerable pressure. He initiated the audit after Mr. Trump’s campaign demanded a hand recount. Georgia’s two senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who are both fellow Republicans, also called on Mr. Raffensperger to resign this week, under pressure from Mr. Trump. The president and his campaign are spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories about the election, falsely claiming that it was rigged.Mr. Sterling addressed some of the conspiracy theories on Thursday.“I know that there’s many other bits of misinformation out there, talking about flipping votes and changing votes,” he said. “Anybody claiming that things are being flipped by a super secret computer developed by the C.I.A. is just not speaking — is speaking nonsense.”He also said the news media had “mischaracterized the rationale behind” the audit “as caving to Trump and their campaign,” saying, “There’s nothing that could be further from the truth.”last_img read more

Pardew may face stadium ban

first_imgNewcasle boss Alan Pardew is facing the prospect of a possible stadium ban at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday after admitting a misconduct charge for headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler. There have been reports that Pardew may take an anger management course, but if he does so this will be entirely his own choice – the commission has no power to order him to do so. The Newcastle manager was given a two-match touchline ban and £20,000 fine in August 2012 for pushing an assistant referee, and the commission is likely to take that offence into account when deciding on the sanction because it occurred within the last two seasons. Pardew was also warned about his conduct in January this year following a heated exchange when he was caught on camera swearing at Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini. The prospect of a stadium ban, which means he would not be allowed to attend the match at all, rather than a touchline ban is a very real one. Paul Ince was handed a five-match stadium ban in October when he was manager of Blackpool for a “violent push” on a match official. The headbutting incident happened when Magpies were leading 3-1 at the KC Stadium when he and Meyler came into contact as Hull’s Irish midfielder chased a ball out of play close to the Newcastle manager’s technical area. Match referee Kevin Friend cautioned the player for his part in the incident and then sent Pardew to the stands, from where he watched the remainder of the game. Pardew afterwards issued a full apology and Newcastle responded within hours, warning him that his behaviour had been unacceptable and fining him £100,000. Meyler appeared to refer to the incident in his goal celebration during Hull’s 3-0 FA Cup win over Sunderland on Sunday by headbutting the corner flag after scoring. Newcastle are involved in another disciplinary issue too, after midfielder Dan Gosling admitted an FA charge relating to multiple breaches of betting rules. The FA announced that the former Everton man had requested a personal hearing. Pardew will have a personal hearing in front of a three-man independent regulatory commission who will decide on the sanction. The 52-year-old is expected to make a personal statement outlining his contrition at having committed the offence, and the steps he will undertake to improve his behaviour. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Students react to government shutdown

first_imgIt might be too early to tell what significant impacts this week’s government shutdown will have on the country, but students and faculty at USC have already been affected.David Brown, associate senior vice president of the USC Office of Federal Relations, said that though USC has experienced only minimal effects in the last few days, there are three areas that receive federal funding that could be impacted: research, education and healthcare.Receiving future federal grants for research in departments such as energy or security could become more difficult, Brown said. Research grants that projects have received will continue to be funded, but new grant opportunities have been halted.In addition, federal student aid for the spring semester and beyond could be altered. According to the U.S. Department of Education, most of the grants and aid have already been extended for the 2013 semester.In Washington, the conflict largely came about because of partisan disagreement on the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare.” Republicans and Democrats at USC also have different takes on the shutdown.Giuseppe Robalino, director of political affairs and strategy for the USC College Republicans, sees the university as already being adequately prepared financially due to its large endowment.“I think [USC is] very prepared to step in for the federal government if the students are having trouble with loans,” he said.Brown also said that reimbursements for Medicare and Medicaid patients could be affected by the shutdown. Though the university will still receive funds for medical education training, its medical center’s ability to reimburse some patients will be hindered.If the shutdown lasts more than two to three weeks, it will have an impact on research funds and student aid, according to Brown. The change in cash flow from the federal government will inhibit competition for new research opportunities.“It’s intensely problematic for universities like USC, especially as it applies to our research enterprise and our students, and I hope the Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate can come to an agreement to fund the government in 2013,” Brown said.Though USC is safe from dependencies such as research grants from the federal government, President of the USC College Democrats Catherine Shieh said the university will still be impacted.“The federal court is no longer functioning the way it used to,” Shieh said.Individual students have also been impacted in various ways. Some who work for the federal government might not be able to go to work.Karla Robinson, a senior majoring in print and digital journalism, agreed that the shutdown will take a toll on government jobs.“They’re saying it could last weeks, and I just don’t think that’s realistic for people who have to work weeks without getting any pay,” Robinson said.Robinson herself was affected by the shutdown in a different way. She had planned to go to Sequoia National Park with SC Outfitters, but her trip was cancelled after the national parks closed down.“I made plans with friends and was going to loan someone my car and I got my work cleared so I could leave early,” she said of her former plans.Robinson also said the closure of national parks affected one of her professors.“My photography teacher has contracts with the national parks to take pictures,” she said. “So for his job specifically, it’s been mayhem because all the parks are closing and he has deadlines to get these pictures in for certain publications.”In the meantime, USC and the Office of Federal Relations will monitor the issue and work with members of the California congressional delegation to resolve the issue.“I was a little disheartened, and it finally started to sink in, how deeply divided we are,” Robalino said. “These are issues that they’ve had with Obamacare for weeks, months and years now. It’s something that could have been resolved.”Shieh was also disappointed with the government’s lack of accountability.“They are not doing the skeleton of the responsibilities either,” she said. “These people should essentially be publicly shamed for the way that this is happening.”Shieh recommended that USC students speak up and call their home Congress members, saying that something must be done.“It is from a public uproar that these leaders will be reactionary,” she said. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more