ATLANTA (AP) – President Donald Trump has incorrectly claimed that Georgia election officials are unable to verify signatures on absentee ballot envelopes due to a legal settlement known as a consent decree.
Here’s a look at Trump’s claims, in a tweet on Saturday:
TRUMP: “Consent decree signed by Georgia’s Secretary of State, with the approval of Governor @BrianKempGA, makes it impossible to check and match signatures on ballots and envelopes, etc., at @staceyabrams’ insistence. They knew they were going to cheat. . The actual signatures must be exposed! ”
Facts: There is nothing in the consent decree that prevents Georgia election clerks from signing. Allegations have been made about the lack of statewide standards for signing absentee ballot envelopes in a legal settlement signed in March.
Republican of State Brad Raffensparger, a Republican, said that not only is it entirely possible to match signatures, but that the state needs it.
When a voter requests an absentee ballot on a paper application, it should sign it. Election officials have compared how the voter is referred to the voter before signing the voter registration files, Raffenspar said.
When those ballots are returned, the required signature on the outer envelope is compared to the signature in the voter registration system.
The process was decided by consensus, with a legal agreement reached on 6 March.
A lawsuit by the Democratic Party, which led to the settlement, argued that when their ballots were rejected, minorities were disgruntled. Among other things, the settlement moves for local election officials to notify a voter – by phone, mail or email – about problems with signatures on time.
The changes were made by the state electoral college.
Following state law, Georgia is chasing a significant number of votes in the presidential race. Democratic Joe Biden led Trump in the state by nearly 14,000 votes. There are no examples of similar magnitudes that have fallen further behind that magnitude.
The signature issue has resumed after a federal lawsuit was filed Friday by attorney L. Lynn Wood Jr. about whether the secretary of state required the signature verification process outlined in the agreement.
Wood is known to represent a number of high-profile clients, including security guard Richard Jewell, who was identified as a suspect in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, but was later cleared.
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