Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Thursday that the state would be conducting a statewide audit after the Trump campaign pressured him. Lawyers Lin Wood and Sidney Powell had filed separate lawsuits against the state for massive election fraud, backed by witnesses with affidavits.
“We are confident that elections in Georgia are secure, reliable, and effective,” Raffensperger insisted in a statement. “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.”
The state’s Governor Brian Kemp said on December 3 that he supports the audit but the decision is up to the secretary of state.
“You know, I’ve called early on for a signature audit, obviously the secretary of state, per the laws and the Constitution would have to order that; he has not done that,” Kemp told Fox News.
“I think it should be done. I think, especially with what we saw today, it raises more questions. There needs to be transparency on that. I would again call for that, and I think in the next 24 hours hopefully we’ll see a lot more from the hearings that the legislature had today and we’ll be able to look and see what the next steps are,” he added.
The Trump campaign has been pressuring Georgia for a recount due to the Dominion voting machine irregularities and ballot issues, which all have been ignored by Raffensperger for many weeks.
“President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature matching and other vital safeguards. Without signature matching, this recount would be a sham and again allow for illegal votes to be counted,” the campaign said.
“If there is no signature matching, this would be as phony as the initial vote count and recount. Let’s stop giving the People false results. There must be a time when we stop counting illegal ballots. Hopefully it is coming soon.”