Georgia

In 2016, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton with a 5% margin, capturing the state’s 16 electoral votes. With very few exceptions, Georgia has voted for the Republican presidential candidate in every election since the mid-1960’s. In the mid-1990’s, the state also shifted from democrat to republican when voting for senators, house representatives and governors. It has been reliably red since then. Until 2020, when Joe Biden was projected to be the winner with such a narrow lead that an automatic hand recount was triggered. After the contested recount, Georgia declared Biden the winner with an even narrower margin (12,000 votes or .2%).

Citing Covid-19 complications, Georgia was embarrassed by its June 9 primary election in which poll closures were delayed until midnight. New voting equipment malfunctioned and fewer in-person voting locations were provided. Perhaps due to the confusion, about 1000 people were investigated for double-voting.

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