GA governor comes out in support of signature audit

Just The NewsAfter certifying his state's election results, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is now urging his state to conduct an audit comparing the signatures of voter applications and mail-in ballot envelops to those on the approved voter file to determine if fraud occurred.

Kemp, a Republican, made the appeal to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger during a news conference on Friday.

“It’s important to note that this audit only looked at ballots, not the signatures on the absentee applications or the signatures on the ballot envelopes," the governor said. "The Georgians I have heard from are extremely concerned about this, so I encourage Secretary Raffensperger to consider addressing these concerns. It seems simple enough to conduct a sample audit of signatures on the absentee ballot envelopes and compare those to the signatures on applications and on file at the Secretary of State’s Office."

Public pressure works.

Mind you, I'm not sure if an audit is useful after the results have been certified. Maybe the legislature can still change the elector slate if the audit finds problems.

Also important: there are allegations in some places that the signature envelopes on ballots have been discarded and destroyed (presumably improperly as they are supposed to be retained). I think some of those reports came from Georgia. That may make it impossible to verify signatures. Do those ballots get discarded or discounted?

This entry was published Mon Nov 23 12:05:39 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2020-11-23 12:05:39.0. [Tweet]

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