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Trump Presses Georgia Governor to Overrule Secretary of State on Signature-Matching Process

President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, on Thanksgiving on Nov. 26, 2020. (Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)


President Donald Trump on Monday pressed Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to overrule Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger on his decision to not require signature matching during the state’s recount.

Earlier this month, Raffensberger announced it is not possible to match the signature on the outer ballot envelope to the absentee ballot itself. The ballots are separated from the envelopes to protect voters’ privacy, he said.

But Trump and other Republicans said the move would allow for the invitation of significant election fraud—as it reduces the ability to detect any irregularities by matching signatures to how an individual voted.

Trump asked on Twitter about why Kemp won’t “use his emergency powers, which can be easily done, to overrule his obstinate Secretary of State, and do a match of signatures on envelopes?”

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