President Trump called on Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to override Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on the corresponding signatures during the state recount, in a tweet on Monday.
Raffensperger said it was impossible to match the signature on the outer envelope to the mail-in ballot on the inside because the ballots are separated from the envelopes when opened to protect voter privacy. .
The Trump campaign, which formally called for a recount on Nov. 22, says that “without a signature match, this recount would be a sham and allow illegal votes to be counted again.” Georgia certified President-elect Joe Biden as the winner on November 20.
“Why the governor @BrianKempGA, the hapless governor of Georgia, is using his emergency powers, which can be easily done, to topple his stubborn secretary of state, and make a signature match on envelopes, “Trump tweeted Monday.” It will be a “gold mine” of fraud, and we will easily reach the state. “
“Also, quickly check the number of envelopes versus the number of ballots,” he continued. “You might find that there are a lot more ballots than envelopes. So simple and so easy to do. Republicans in Georgia are angry, all Republicans are angry. Do it!”
The tweets come a day after Trump told Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures that he was “ashamed” for endorsing Kemp in his 2018 run against Democrat Stacey Abrams.
Georgia Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, two Republicans involved in the second-round races, backed the president’s signature requests and called for Raffensperger’s resignation.
But the emergency rules that were adopted before the presidential election explicitly require, in order to preserve the secrecy of each individual vote as spelled out in Georgian law and the Georgian Constitution, that the ballot papers be separated from their envelopes. so that they cannot be reunited. .
An emergency rule that was passed earlier this year requires that every mail-in ballot be subject to signature verification, but that after signature verification, the ballot itself is separated from the outer envelope with signature.
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The recount was delayed in Fulton County, where a Dominion Voting Systems mobile server crashed, although election officials said the recount would resume on Monday.
Fox News’s Tyler Olson contributed to this report.