Over the past week and a half, Georgia has come under a bit of fire; the state’s management of the 2020 presidential election is not without its many issues.
Namely, these problems pertain to swaths of ballots that originally went uncounted in Fayette County and Floyd County. One also can’t forget that Fulton County, Georgia remains under investigation for a possibly improper handling of ballots.
On Friday, Georgia officially certified its election results, hence declaring Joe Biden as the winner of the Peach State. However, Republican Governor Brian Kemp did announce that with the certification’s completion, recounts and additional legal paths are available, should the Trump campaign choose to pursue them.
According to Breitbart News, President Trump’s legal team is now seeking another recount of votes in the state of Georgia.
The Case for a Second Recount in Georgia
Earlier in the month, Georgia announced its decision to conduct a by-hand recount of votes; this was taken well by many Republicans, at least until they learned that the recount did not entail a check for matching signatures.
This is an issue that President Trump and his lawyers did not hesitate to point out. They argued that without a signature check on all ballots, the recount essentially did not matter. Of course, in seeking a second recount in Georgia, President Trump’s team is calling for the Peach State to “include signature matching” in this recount.
Statement from the Trump legal team on Georgia https://t.co/DOj0sQ3Mzb
— Team Trump (@TeamTrump) November 22, 2020
Due to the very slim margins of the reported Biden lead in Georgia, the president’s legal team remains within their rights to request a recount. The deadline for this request would’ve been Tuesday, November 24; however, the Trump team remains well ahead of the curve.
Stop the Steal ATL
Yesterday, Georgia Trump supporters gathered in Atlanta to host a Stop the Steal rally. Peaceful, Stop the Steal demonstrations continue to appear as millions of Americans remain skeptical about the integrity of the 2020 race.
— GAGOP (@GaRepublicans) November 21, 2020
Some Republicans have criticized Governor Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both GOP members, for certifying the results of the election. This criticism also involved calls for Kemp and Raffensperger to ensure the inclusion of signature checks during the counting of votes.
At this time, Georgia has not yet issued a statement in response to the Trump legal team’s call for a second recount that includes signature checks.
Do you think a second recount of Georgia votes is in order? Will the inclusion of signature checks make a difference? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!