Georgia SOS orders audit of signatures on Cobb County mail in ballots
On Monday, Georgia Democratic electors cast the state’s 16 votes for former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, formally sealing Biden’s win in Georgia. At the same time, the Republican electors chosen should President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have won in Georgia met in a committee room and cast their votes for the Trump/Pence ticket. But since Biden/Harris ticket garnered about 12,000 more votes than Trump did, the votes by the Democratic electors are the official count for Georgia.
At the same time, however, audits on the validity of the Georgia vote continues. Monday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has ordered a signature-match audit of absentee ballot envelopes in Cobb County. In a press conference announcing the audit, Raffensperger said it was being done to promote faith in the election system ahead of next month’s U.S. Senate runoff elections. He said it was in response to a “specific allegation,” that the verification process was not followed properly. It is expected to take two weeks and would likely be followed up with a longer statewide study of mail-in signatures by independent auditors.
Gov. Brian Kemp released a statement on the steps taken by the Secretary of State.
“I am glad Secretary Raffensperger has finally taken this necessary step to begin restoring confidence in our state’s election processes. I have called for a signature audit repeatedly since the November 3rd election. As Georgians head back to the polls for the January 5th runoffs, it is absolutely vital for every vote cast to be legal and for only legal votes to be counted,” Kemp said.