President Trump on Monday morning inaccurately described Georgia’s vote counting process and incredibly called on the state’s Republican governor to “go beyond” his Republican Secretary of State.
The tweet was the latest when Trump continued the results of the Georgian election and Republican senior officials, and which sparked intra-party strife in the state.
Georgian Governor Brian Kemp has no power to do what Mr Trump is proposing. Moreover, signature verification is already part of the counting process.
Upon receipt of the missing ballot papers, Georgian election officials will verify the signature on the envelopes. Ballot papers and envelopes are then separated to protect privacy, so it would be pointless to re-check the envelopes during the recount.
“Georgian law prohibits the governor from interfering in elections. The Secretary of State, who is an elected constitutional official, oversees elections that cannot be overridden by an implementing order. , ”Mr. Kemp’s spokesman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The notion that “the governor has inherent executive powers to suspend, investigate, or interfere in the process in some way — that’s just not true,” said Anthony Michael Kreis, a professor of constitutional law at Georgia State University. – There are no acceptable cases here.
Unlike the federal government, Georgia does not have a unified executive power, and its governor and foreign minister have separate responsibilities. Even the emergency powers of the governor are limited.
Mr Kreis said Georgia’s code was “very clear” about what the governor could do in a state of emergency. Mr Kemp can move resources and funds and take interim measures, Mr Kreis said, but “he has no power to intervene specifically in the elections”.
Georgia’s foreign minister, Brad Raffensperger, continued to repress unfounded allegations of mass voter fraud by Trump and his allies at a press conference on Monday.
“The truth matters, especially around election administration,” Mr. Raffensperger said. “Some take advantage of the emotions of many of Trump’s supporters with fantastic statements, half-truths, misinformation, and, frankly, they are clearly misleading the president as well.”