Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has again joined the Trump campaign’s call for signature verification, calling on Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to match the signature of mail-in vote requests to ballots. vote returned by the voter. Kemp and Raffensperger are both Republicans.
“I requested a signature audit very early on,” Kemp said. “Obviously, the Secretary of State, according to the laws of the Constitution, should order this. He didn’t do that.
Kemp then doubled down: “I think it should be done, there has to be transparency about it. I’m calling again for this, and I think in the next 24 hours, I hope that we will see a lot more from the hearings that the legislature has had today, and that we can see what the next steps are.
Kemp previously called for a signature verification immediately after certifying the vote. That was before President Donald Trump blamed his lack of action and said he regretted endorsing Kemp during his hotly contested 2018 gubernatorial race against Stacey Abrams.
Kemp has so far resisted numerous calls for an extraordinary session of the Georgian legislature. This would allow lawmakers to fully examine evidence of electoral fraud, including the bombshell video of vote counters telling observers to leave, then open suitcases full of votes and count them in the middle of the night.
If lawmakers determined the election was fraudulent, they could reclaim their constitutional ability to determine which candidate receives the state’s electoral college votes and award them to President Trump if they believe Joe Biden won the election by fraud.
Since this repeated need for signature verification, neither Raffensperger nor the Secretary of State’s office have commented publicly. After the damning video was released, however, Raffensperger’s office admitted that the votes were counted illegally and without proper supervision. As the National File reported:
“More fake reporting from Stephen Fowler of @GPBNews,” Shafer wrote. “Although he originally reported that state observers were present,” the Georgian state secretary “now admits that was not true, as the video shows.”
“Our position is unchanged,” he said of the Georgia Republican Party. “The ballots were counted illegally and in secret.”
Schafer added, “Even if state observers were present, the law still requires that ballot counting be open to partisan observers and the public. But state observers were not present ”, which the Georgian State Secretary“ now recognizes and the video shows ”.
National File has contacted Raffensperger’s office for comment and did not receive an immediate response.
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