Trump declares Georgia Senate runoff elections ‘illegal and invalid’

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In tweets posted Friday evening, President Donald Trump accused Georgia’s 2020 general election and upcoming Senate run-off elections of being “illegal and invalid.”

He argued that Georgia’s entire election process has been corrupted, meaning that any elections that have occurred or will soon occur in the state are by default invalid.

In making his case, he cited Georgia’s consent decree.

[T]he Georgia Consent Decree is Unconstitutional & the State 2020 Presidential Election is therefore both illegal and invalid, and that would include the two current Senatorial Elections,” he wrote.

View the full Twitter thread below:

Back in March, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger acquiesced to demands from left-wing activist Stacey Abrams and reached a legal settlement — the Georgia consent decree — concerning voter signature checks.

He reached this decree without approval from the Georgia General Assembly.

According to National Review, the decree made it harder to reject ballots by requiring that there be “consent” among election officials when rejecting a ballot.

The consent decree signed earlier this year requires Georgia election officials to consult with their peers on mismatching signatures, to ensure one official isn’t making subjective assessments of a signature match,” the site notes.

The problem is that consulting with other election officials takes time and thus makes the signature-matching process far more complicated.

The decree also mandated that voters who filed a rejected ballot be given the “opportunity to cure” their ballot.

If the absentee ballot is rejected, officials are required to notify the voter within three days with an ‘opportunity to cure’ — that is, sort out whether they really are who they say they are, and work out whatever problem led to the rejection of the ballot,” according to NRO.

The president has repeatedly claimed that this decree “makes it impossible to check & match signatures on ballots and envelopes.”

His allies have asserted the same and further accused Raffensperger and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp — who reportedly approved the consent decree — of having been “conned.”

“Stacey Abrams conned the Republican leadership in Georgia into a consent decree that basically adulterated the signature verification system so that you’re comparing the ballot signature to the application signature,” Sen. Lindsey Graham said earlier this month.

He was correct about the ballot signature being compared to the application signature.

The way it works is that when the state receives a request for a mail-in ballot, it compares the signature on the request/application to the signature on file.

When the voter later submits their actual ballot, officials then compare the signature on the ballot to the signature on the original request/application.

Graham and others believe this process is rife with fraud.

During his Fox News appearance, Graham suggested that Abrams had pursued this change — one that Raffensperger and Kemp were “conned” into accepting — because of the anger she still feels over losing the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race.

“The media doesn’t want to talk about this because Stacey Abrams said she was cheated out of the [2018] governor’s race. She was hailed as a hero by every media outlet in the country as fighting for democracy,” he said.

“Donald Trump is fighting to have a fair day and to change systems that I think are flawed, and all of a sudden he’s the enemy of the people.”

Despite concerns over the election process in Georgia, the president has nevertheless continued to campaign on behalf of incumbent Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and had planned to hold a rally in Georgia for them this upcoming Monday.

Of course, with the president having since preemptively declared the Senate run-offs “illegal and invalid,” there’s a chance he may change his mind.

Vivek Saxena

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