President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he will win Georgia if a signature verification is ordered in The Peach State.
“I will easily & quickly win Georgia if Governor @BrianKempGA or the Secretary of State permits a simple signature verification. Has not been done and will show large scale discrepancies. Why are these two “Republicans” saying no? If we win Georgia, everything else falls in place!” he wrote on Twitter.
I will easily & quickly win Georgia if Governor @BrianKempGA or the Secretary of State permit a simple signature verification. Has not been done and will show large scale discrepancies. Why are these two “Republicans” saying no? If we win Georgia, everything else falls in place!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2020
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, said he spoke with the president on Saturday morning and has called for a signature three times.
“I’ve publicly called for a signature audit three times (11/20, 11/24, 12/3) to restore confidence in our election process and to ensure the only legal votes are counted in Georgia,” he wrote in a Twitter post.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office didn’t immediately respond to an emailed request for comment from The Epoch Times.
The Peach State has certified the election results with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leading Trump by around 12,000 votes, 0.25 percent. The Trump campaign has launched legal challenges over the results because widespread irregularities and fraud were reported.
The Biden campaign didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment from The Epoch Times.
The final results of the general election in Georgia will likely be decided by the state legislature branch or judges.
Kemp doubled down on a signature audit after Trump’s legal team presented surveillance footage during a Georgia state legislature hearing. The video shows election workers continuing to count what appeared to be four boxes filled with ballots after poll observers left State Farm Arena in Fulton County.
“I called early on for a signature audit,” Kemp said on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Dec. 3. “Obviously, the Secretary of State, per the laws and the [state] constitution would have to order that and he has not done that. I think it should be done.”
Several poll observers said in sworn affidavits that they were effectively told to go home on Election Night before the event.
Georgia Secretary of State’s office said on Friday that they’re investigating the early departure of poll observers.
“We have launched an investigation into why the monitors from the political parties left before scanning ended. While it was their right to leave early, we want to make certain they were not misled into thinking scanning had stopped for the night when it had not. Nothing we have learned from the independent monitor or our investigation have suggested any improper ballots were scanned,” Walter Jones, a spokesman for the Georgia Secretary of State’s office told The Epoch Times.
Zachary Stieber and Katabella Roberts contributed to the report.