Georgia Presidential Recount May Not Include Signature Matching Verification as Required by Law

Trump, Senators Perdue & Loeffler call for Georgia Recount with Signature Matching

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) — As President Trump officially requested a recount of ballots in Georgia over the weekend, Georgia's two Senators backed the recount effort while continuing to slam the handling of Georgia's vote tallies in the 2020 Presidential Election, saying, "The management of Georgia elections has become an embarrassment for our state."

Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue emphasized that "signature matching" must be a part of the next recount – as is required by Georgia law – or else "this would be as phony as the initial vote count and recount."

Following Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's initial certification of a Biden win last week, it is within the Trump campaign's rights to request another recount due to the close margin of the Biden victory.

While Loeffler and Perdue, as well as the Trump Campaign, have called for signature matching during the next recount, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently quoted Georgia State Election Officials as saying that they will be unable to engage in signature matching due to the fact that after signature matching was conducted when ballots were first counted, the double-security mailing envelopes (with the voters signatures) to compare to the signatures on the individual ballots were separated – allegedly to ensure the secrecy of individual votes.
 
"I support President Trump’s request for a recount in Georgia, but it must be one in which signatures on Absentee Ballot envelopes are properly matched and verified to their signature on the registration," Perdue said.

"Anything less than that will not be a full and transparent recount.

"As I have said from the beginning: every legal vote cast should be counted. Any illegal vote should not.

"Georgians deserve full transparency and uniformity in the counting process."

Perdue and Loeffler have both previously called for Raffensperger to resign over his handling of the November 2020 Election.

Said Loeffler,
 
"We must match and verify Absentee Ballot signatures to their corresponding Voter Registration signatures, investigate all voting irregularities, and count only the votes that were legally cast," Loeffler said, calling for the required signature matching procedure to be included.

"This isn’t about politics — this is about the foundation of our democracy.

"Every American and every Georgian deserves to have confidence in the integrity of our election results, and this process is the best way to make that happen."

While not accurate, the Biden Campaign said, "Both parties were aware of the rules set for months before the election, and all signatures have already been matched."

Biden Expected to Make Trip to Georgia to Stump for Ossoff, Warnock

Conventional wisdom says that Perdue and Loeffler should be heavy favorites in their respective races, due in large part to Democrats’ dismal track record in Georgia runoffs.

Democrats have not won a single statewide Georgia election since 2006. But that doesn’t guarantee Republican's success this coming January.

Democrat Joe Biden's recently named Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, said on Sunday's "ABC This Week” that Mr. Biden is likely to visit Georgia to campaign for run-off candidate Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

Control of the U.S. Senate now comes down to the two Georgia runoffs… Kelly Loeffler vs. Raphael Warnock, and David Perdue vs. Jon Ossoff. If Democrats win both Georgia Senate races, as well as the still-to-be-finalized Presidential Election, they will control the U.S. Senate chamber despite having struck out in a dozen Senate races earlier in the month that national experts predicted they would win. 

These two runoffs will be the most expensive elections of their kind in history, and each of the campaigns moved quickly to get on the air before voting began.
 
Georgia began sending out absentee ballots on Wednesday, and early voting starts on Friday, December 14th.

“We're going to do everything we can to help those two great candidates in Georgia,” Klain said. “We've already moved people who were working on the Biden campaign on the recounts down there over to be supportive in the field work, and I expect you'll see the president-elect travel down there before Election Day.”

Warnock won more of the vote than Loeffler – 32.9% to 25.9% - in a crowded field. Ossoff won less of the vote than Perdue, but the margin was incredibly fine – Perdue winning 49.7% to 47.9%.

Klain, however, said he also believes Biden will be able to work with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., if Republicans retain control of the Senate and Biden eventually secures the presidency.

“If we were to lose those seats in Georgia, we're going to move forward with whatever Senate gets elected."
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