President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has called for all ballots cast in Georgia to be recounted by hand rather than by machine, and has threatened to take the matter to court if Republican Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger does not take action himself.
Georgian Congressman Doug Collins (R), who was selected to lead the recount of the Trump Camp in Georgia this weekend, said the state should also “look for felons and other non-eligible persons” who may have cost votes in last week’s election in the embattled state.
In a statement published in the social media by reporter Patricia Murphy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the GOP legislature added that the Trump campaign seeks a “full comparison” of absentee ballots with those for personal and provisional elections.
Collins announced the demands on Tuesday morning, Collins said: “As we begin the recount, there are three things we are formally demanding from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger today. First, a full comparison must be made of the absentee ballots with the personal and provisional ballots cast throughout the state.
“Second, there must be a check for felons and other non-voters who may have cast a ballot. Third, and most importantly, the Secretary of State should announce a full hand count of all ballots cast in each district, based on widespread allegations of voter irregularities, problems with voting machines and access by election observers.
“We can – and we will – make a request to this effect in court after the nationwide certification has been completed if the Foreign Minister does not act, but we hope that he will take this measure today as a preventive measure to ensure that every Georgian has confidence in our electoral process.
Washington Newsday contacted the office of the Georgian Foreign Minister for comment and further details. This article will be updated with each response.
Congressman Collins made his comments after Governor Brian Kemp tweeted that the Georgian election results on Monday night would include “ONLY legally cast ballots”, prompting the President to declare victory in the state preemptively.
Trump’s re-election team complained last week about an alleged “lack of transparency” in the vote tabulation, “improperly harvested” ballots, and other alleged “irregularities,” reflecting complaints made in other states where they have filed complaints about election procedures.
Georgia’s Republican Deputy Governor Geoff Duncan seemed to pour cold water on the complaints on Monday when he told CNN that his office had received no news of “credible” cases of mass election fraud.
He added, however, that his team remains ready to investigate any credible reports of widespread election fraud if they are reported.
At the time of writing, President-elect Joe Biden Trump was leading with just over 12,000 votes in Georgia, with more than 98 percent of the estimated votes counted, according to the latest New York Times count.