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State Secretary of Georgia Brad Raffensperger spricht während einer Pressekonferenz in Atlanta, 14. December.


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Two rounds of voting in the Georgian Senate are scheduled for 5 January, but some 700,000 votes have already been cast. There’s a lot of enthusiasm, and that’s not surprising, because it’s about Senate control,

Joe Biden’s house

the legislative agenda and the leadership of the nation for two years.

The GOP is going to have a big problem if a large number of


Georgia’s supporters conclude that they do not have enough confidence in the electoral system of the state to stand for election. President Trump attacked the election process in Georgia to question Joe Biden’s victory. Maybe this will increase public confidence: Minister

Brad Raffensperger.

started investigating recent missing signatures in Cobb County on Monday.

After the signature game was attacked several times without any evidence, Mr. Raffensperger said: I think we need to take steps to restore confidence in our elections. This is a reference to Mr. Trump and his allies trying to cover up the state’s rules for checking missing signatures.

Trump lawsuit, filed in the State Court, alleges that the overall rate of absenteeism ballots refused in November was 0.34 percent, down sharply from 2.9 percent in 2016. This indicates that the signatures have not been verified properly. Not necessarily: Georgian officials claim that the rejection rate was 0.15 percent, mainly due to signature problems, which is close to 2018. The percentage of ballots rejected for other reasons, such as delay, seems to have decreased significantly.

The extension of postal voting this year also included measures to ensure that voters cast their votes correctly. In Georgia, ballot boxes were allowed for the first time, there were more than a hundred in the city area of Atlanta alone. A week before the 3rd. In November Raffensperger urged people to think twice before voting by post. The 2019 law simplifies postal voting and allows Georgians to correct errors, which was not the case in 2016.

The decrease in the number of rejections seems to be a general trend, even in places where Mr Trump has won. Ohio’s Office of the Secretary of State reached a record of 0.42 percent invalid absenteeism ballots, an increase of 0.85 percent four years ago. In South Carolina, 0.99 percent of absenteeism votes were rejected, starting at 2.2 percent in 2016, according to the state newspaper. In many parts of Florida, the gaps have narrowed, even under Mr. Asset.

Mr Trump’s lawsuit includes a specific allegation by an employee in Cobb County, Georgia, claiming to have processed election applications for about five days in April and May. The employee says that the supervisor had the missing bank statements with suspicious signatures approved after all: The observer stated that those responsible for processing the ballots would receive an inconsistent signature at the time of the actual vote.

It’s a problem if it’s true, but it hasn’t been proven. State representatives claim that this is a weak beer, since it is linked to accusations of absenteeism in the primary elections, without any evidence that uncontrolled absenteeism was counted. A more precise answer should be given during the audit, when the signatures on the voting envelopes are checked again, both during the primary and in November. The Chief Electoral Officer of Cobb County said she was sure everything would be clear.

The test could arrive in time to help Trump’s skeptical supporters for the 5th Congressional District. January to calm down, because it should have taken two weeks. Mr Raffensperger is also working with an unnamed university on a study comparing third party signatures with state-wide audits. This could serve as feed for legislative reform when the State legislators meet again in 2021. Mr Raffensperger suggested checking absenteeism ballots with state identifiers instead of signatures.

No election is free of errors, and postal voting increases the risk of real problems. Yet many of Mr Trump’s allegations of fraud are unproven and could help Democrats win the two Senate seats in Georgia.

Potomac Watch: Republicans should win fifth place. take January or their Senate majority for granted. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

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Published in the printed edition of 17. December 2020.

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