Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp, on Thursday night, Dec. 3, called for a signature audit of the state’s election results.
Kemp’s call came after Georgia’s Senate Oversight Committee held a hearing on election integrity earlier in the day.
“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 said during an interview with 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,” Governor Brian Kemp said.
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During the hearing, security camera footage showed poll workers in Fulton County illegally processing ballots with no observers. They told Republican observers to leave due to a broken water pipe at the State Farm Arena and pulled out suitcases full of ballots to count.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the election results in November, giving Joe Biden the state’s 16 electoral votes. He and Kemp face criticism over their failure to counter voting irregularities and voter fraud in the state.
The Trump campaign has called for an audit of signatures on mail-in ballot applications, and mail-in ballot envelopes received, estimating that between 38,250 and 45,626 illegal votes from the mail-in ballots alone were cast in the state. Vote tallies now show Democrat candidate Joe Biden is leading by a margin of 12,670 votes.
“Until the signatures are matched, the vote count in Georgia is a complete fraud,” said former New York City Mayor and Personal Attorney to President Trump, Rudy Giuliani. “There is no way of knowing which ballots are honest and which ballots are fraudulent.”
President Donald Trump responded to the news, saying, “The best way to ensure a [Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue’s] VICTORY is to allow signature checks in the Presidential race, which will ensure a Georgia Presidential win (very few votes are needed, many will be found). Spirits will soar, and everyone will rush out and VOTE!”
The best way to insure a @KLoeffler and @sendavidperdue VICTORY is to allow signature checks in the Presidential race, which will insure a Georgia Presidential win (very few votes are needed, many will be found). Spirits will soar and everyone will rush out and VOTE! @BrianKempGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2020