Joe Biden appears to be inching closer to victory in the 2020 presidential race. But the Trump campaign has called for a recount in Wisconsin and election officials in Georgia have said a recount is expected.
Requests for recounts could also be filed in other states, such as Arizona and possibly even Pennsylvania, a must-win battleground for President Donald Trump.
Here’s how it would work in Georgia and Wisconsin:
While a razor-thin race in Georgia cannot trigger an automatic recount, the losing candidate is allowed to request a recount if they lost an election by less than 0.5% of the total votes. That request can only be made to the secretary of state within two business days after the election results are certified, which must be done by Nov. 20.
Under Wisconsin law, an “aggrieved” candidate can request a recount if they received within 1% of the winner’s vote total. The loser can file a petition for a recount no later than 5 p.m. on the first business day after the state election commission has received final results from all counties. Those counties have until Nov. 17 to hand in their final tallies.