The state of Georgia has finally agreed to take a closer look at absentee ballot signatures, a sticking point for President Donald Trump in his efforts to pursue alleged voter fraud.
Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the move Thursday after pressure from Trump, saying the Peach State would perform a statewide review of all counties, the Daily Wire reported.
“Secure, reliable, and effective”
For weeks, Trump has attacked Georgia’s Republican officials for their putative failure to look into allegations of voter fraud while insisting that an audit of ballot signatures would prove he won the state in the presidential election.
Raffensperger had already agreed to an audit in Cobb County on Monday, but the state will now examine all counties to put to rest “once and for all” Trump’s claims that the election was stolen, he said Thursday, according to Fox News.
The Georgia Republican reiterated in a press release his assertion that the election was secure, but nevertheless said that his state would perform the audit to “further instill confidence.”
Georgia will partner with the University of Georgia to perform a “randomized signature match study of election materials handled at the county level in the November 3 Presidential contest,” according to the release.
“We are confident that elections in Georgia are secure, reliable, and effective,” Raffensperger said, according to the Daily Wire. He went on:
Despite endless lawsuits and wild allegations from Washington, D.C. pundits, we have seen no actual evidence of widespread voter fraud, though we are investigating all credible reports. Nonetheless, we look forward to working with the University of Georgia on this signature match review to further instill confidence in Georgia’s voting systems.
“Why is he not doing it?”
Importantly, the review is “forward-looking” and is meant to “optimize” future elections; Raffensperger has said that the audit would not change the election results, the Washington Examiner reports.
Georgia certified Democratic nominee Joe Biden as the winner in the state after two recounts that saw his lead shrink to less than 12,000 votes.
For his part, President Trump claimed Friday that Fulton County was not included in the audit as he again urged Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to call a special session to appoint Trump-supporting electors.
Governor @BrianKempGA of Georgia still has not called a Special Session. So easy to do, why is he not doing it? It will give us the State. MUST ACT NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2020
The Electoral College voted for Joe Biden on Monday, The New York Times reported, after the Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit from Texas challenging the results in Georgia and three other states.