ATLANTA: Republican voters celebrate as it is announced Trump wins Georgia at the Republican Watch party at the Grand Hyatt, Buckhead, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

Trump’s win is finally official as Georgia certifies its vote tally

Georgia certified its presidential election results Tuesday, cementing President-elect Donald Trump’s Peach State win.

With more than 4.1 million votes cast, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said the state broke records with its turnout, which surpassed 76 percent among the state’s 5.4 million active registered voters.

Counting all voters on the state’s rolls who were eligible to cast a ballot this fall, some 6.6 million residents, the turnout rate was 63 percent.

Kemp credited voter enthusiasm that started with the state’s March 1 presidential primary, dubbed the SEC Primary as Kemp helped organize an effort by Southern states to give the region more of a voice in the presidential election process. He also touted the increasing number of ways voters could access the state’s voter registration and information systems, which included online voter registration and a pilot program this year allowing residents to register via text.

“I am thrilled to see Georgian’s enthusiasm this cycle,” Kemp said in a statement. “Voters turned out in record numbers for the SEC Primary, and that trend has continued all year long.”

According to the now-official results, Trump won with 51 percent of votes cast. Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton got 46 percent, and Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson got 3 percent.

With certification of the election results now final, any candidate for state office who wants to request a recount has two business days to notify Kemp’s office of that request.

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