GA Sec of State Brad Raffensperger slams ‘dishonest actors’ spreading ‘misinformation’ about election
President Trump has lost patience with Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and is calling on him to use his emergency powers to override Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on matching signatures during the state’s recount. Raffensperger has claimed that matching the signature on the outer envelope to the absentee ballot on the inside is impossible because the ballots are separated from the envelopes when they are opened to protect voter privacy.
The Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger held a press conference Monday morning regarding the state’s recount, where he stated “fantastic claims” are misleading Trump supporters.
“That is the great thing about our paper ballot system, it is auditable, it is re-countable, and it can provide the voters the confident the outcomes are correct,” Raffensperger stated.
He further stated upon completion of the recount, the voters of Georgia will have “confidence” in the vote, “despite the massive amounts of misinformation that is being spread by dishonest actors.”
“There are those who are exploiting the emotions of many Trump supporters with fantastic claims, half-truths, misinformation, and frankly, they are misleading the president as well, apparently,” Raffensperger claimed.
Emergency rules that were conveniently adopted ahead of the presidential election explicitly require, in order to preserve the secrecy of each individual vote as laid out in Georgia law and the Georgia Constitution, that ballots be separated from their envelopes so they cannot possibly be joined back together.
In another development, an emergency rule that was adopted earlier this year mandates that every absentee ballot goes through signature verification, but that after the signature is verified the ballot itself is separated from the outer envelope with the signature.
The current recount was delayed in Fulton County, where a Dominion Voting Systems mobile server crashed, though election officials said the recount there would resume Monday.
Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden allegedly won Georgia with a narrow lead of just under 13,000 votes, prompting a recount, which is currently underway. A statewide audit last week confirmed Biden’s win. However, Trump’s legal team has cases pending in a number of courts and the contest over Georgia’s votes may well wind up in front of the Supreme Court.
The Trump campaign formally requested a recount on Nov. 22. They claim that “without signature-matching, this recount would be a sham and again allow for illegal votes to be counted.” Georgia’s Governor Kemp certified President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election in the state on Nov. 20.
“Why won’t Governor @BrianKempGA, the hapless Governor of Georgia, use his emergency powers, which can be easily done, to overrule his obstinate Secretary of State, and do a match of signatures on envelopes,” Trump tweeted Monday. “It will be a ‘goldmine’ of fraud, and we will easily WIN the state.”
“Also, quickly check the number of envelopes versus the number of ballots,” Trump continued. “You may just find that there are many more ballots than there are envelopes. So simple, and so easy to do. Georgia Republicans are angry, all Republicans are angry. Get it done!”
Trump’s tweets come just a day after he told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he is “ashamed” he endorsed Kemp during his 2018 race against Democrat Stacey Abrams. Regardless, Kemp claims he is standing by the president and is defending his certification of the votes in Georgia due to state voting laws.
“The governor has done nothing,” Trump said. “He’s done absolutely nothing. I’m ashamed that I endorsed him.”
“Georgia law prohibits the Governor from interfering in elections. The Secretary of State, who is an elected constitutional officer, has oversight over elections that cannot be overridden by executive order. As the Governor has said repeatedly, he will continue to follow the law and encourage the Secretary of State to take reasonable steps – including a sample audit of signatures – to restore trust and address serious issues that have been raised,” a statement released by Kemp’s office proclaimed.
Georgia Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, the two Republicans engaged in runoff races in the state have backed the president’s signature-matching demands and are calling for Raffensperger’s resignation.
….Also, quickly check the number of envelopes versus the number of ballots. You may just find that there are many more ballots than there are envelopes. So simple, and so easy to do. Georgia Republicans are angry, all Republicans are angry. Get it done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2020