Georgia Secretary of State Disputes Trump’s Signature Check Claim

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, disputed claims made by President Donald Trump that Georgia’s “consent decree” agreement made it impossible to verify voter signatures. Trump, in a Nov. 14 tweet, criticized the agreement and took aim at Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat: “The Consent Decree signed by the Georgia Secretary of State, with the approval of Governor @BrianKempGA, at the urging of @staceyabrams, makes it impossible to check & match signatures on ballots and envelopes, etc. “They knew they were going to cheat. Must expose real signatures!” Trump added. Raffensperger told The Associated Press that there is nothing in the consent decree that prevents Georgia election clerks from scrutinizing signatures, adding that not only is it possible to verify signatures, this is required by state law. When a voter requests an absentee ballot on a paper application, he …

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Author: Tom Ozimek