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Georgia governor pushes back on Trump’s call for resignation


#Georgia #Gov_ #Brian #Kemp is calling a tweet by #President #Donald #Trump demanding his resignation a “distraction.”

“All of these things are a distraction,” #Kemp said at a news conference at the state #Capitol. “I mean, I’ve supported the president. I’ve said that many times. I worked as hard as anybody in the state on his reelection up through #Nov. 3.”

“All these other things, there is a constitutional and legal process that is playing out, and I’m very comfortable letting that process play out,” he said.

The spat flared as #Georgia officials continued to defend the election results.

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#Investigators who audited the signatures on more than 15,000 absentee ballot envelopes in one #Georgia county found “no fraudulent absentee ballots,” according to the audit report.

#Secretary of #State #Brad #Raffensperger announced earlier this month that his office would work with the #Georgia #Bureau of #Investigation to do the signature audit in suburban #Atlanta’s #Cobb #County. #Deputy #Secretary of #State #Jordan #Fuchs said at the time that #Trump’s campaign had alleged that #Cobb #County didn’t properly conduct the signature match for the #June primary.

“#This audit disproves the only credible allegations the #Trump campaign had against the strength of #Georgia’s signature match processes,” #Raffensperger, also a #Republican, said in a news release #Monday.

#Biden narrowly won #Georgia by about 12,000 votes out of 5 million cast.

The investigators reviewed 15,118 absentee ballot envelopes from randomly selected boxes, about 10% of the total received in #Cobb #County for the #November general election, according to the audit report. #That sample size was chosen to “reach a 99% confidence level in the results.”

The #Cobb #County elections department had “a 99.99% accuracy rate in performing correct signature verification procedures,” the audit report says.

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#In two cases, the audit team determined that a voter should have been contacted to fix a problem. #In both those cases, investigators interviewed the voters and determined they were the ones who cast the ballots, the report says.

#Georgians can request absentee ballots either through an online portal that #Raffensperger established in #September or by submitting an application. #For online requests, they provide their driver’s license number and date of birth to verify their identity. #If they use an application, they must sign it for verification.

#When an application is received, county election workers compare the signature on the application to the voter’s signature on file, and if it is consistent, a ballot is mailed, #Raffensperger has said.

#Before submitting an absentee ballot, a voter must sign an oath on an outer envelope. #When county election officials receive an absentee ballot, they must compare the signature to the absentee ballot application if one exists and to the signature on file. The signatures must be consistent but don’t have to match exactly, #Raffensperger has said.

#If the signature doesn’t match, the voter is notified and can take other steps to verify identity. #If the signature does match, the ballot is separated from the envelope to protect the right to ballot secrecy guaranteed by #Georgia law.

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#Associated #Press writer #Sudhin #Thanawala contributed to this report.



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https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/georgia-county-absentee-ballot-envelope-audit-finds-fraud-74970509

##Georgia #governor #pushes ##Trumps #call #resignation

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