Joe Biden has probably lost count of how many times he’s won the state of Georgia at this point, but he can add another win thanks to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Georgia county elections offices had already undergone a hand recount audit, and a machine recount at Donald Trump’s request before dozens of lawsuits with unsubstantiated fraud claims were thrown out of courts across the country. It was just another in a series of recent defeats for the Trump campaign in the Peach State.
Earlier in the month, Raffensperger said his office had investigated credible allegations that Cobb County improperly performed signature matches during the June primary, so he ordered a signature audit for the November election in that county. Raffensperger’s office partnered with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct the audit, which was the first of its kind in Georgia. Trump has publicly called for Raffensperger and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to be jailed over their refusal to join his attempts to overturn the election results.
It was announced on Tuesday that the GBI had finished the signature audit in Cobb County over the November election and found no fraudulent absentee ballots, with a 99% confidence threshold, Raffensperger’s office said in their news release.
“In one case, the ballot was ‘mistakenly signed by the elector’s spouse,’ and in the other, the voter ‘reported signing the front of the envelope only,’” the release states. “In both cases, the identified voters filled out the ballots themselves.”
New: Georgia Sec of State Brad Raffensperger says audit of voter signatures of absentee ballot envelopes in Cobb County, Georgia found “no fraudulent absentee ballots,” and Elections Dept had a “99.9% accuracy rate in performing correct signature verification procedures.”
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) December 29, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden won Georgia by roughly 12,000 votes, the first time the state has gone Blue since the 1992 Presidential election. His 306 Electoral College votes will be recorded and certified by Congress on January 6, 2021, one day after the contentious Georgia Senate Runoff elections.
The full report from the GBI is available here.