Fact check in Trump’s letter to Georgia Secretary of State
This time, in an August 30 report, the Georgia Star News claimed that more than 43,000 mail-in votes counted in DeKalb County, Georgia had broken the state’s chain of custody rule. Trump says those votes would be invalid if the rule was violated.
DeKalb County is a large, black-majority, heavily Democratic county that Biden won by nearly 250,000 votes in 2020. Biden’s margin of victory across Georgia was less than 12,000.
According to the rules of the Georgia State Electoral Board regarding postal voting, “ballots from the drop box must be immediately transported to the county registrar.” The Georgia Star News article argues that this rule was violated because, according to it, mail-in ballot transfer forms show that some of the ballots obtained from the drop box were documented as having been received. by the county registrar the next day or that there was no reception time. recorded at all. CNN has not independently verified the Georgia Star News’ claims regarding the number of ballots that match this description.
“The ballots themselves have been approved and are legal ballots, but have the processes been violated? That’s what we’re investigating right now,” Raffensperger said.
Beyond this investigation, there isn’t much else the State or County of DeKalb can do.
“At this point, the DeKalb County Registration and Elections Council has no legal authority under state law to invalidate the presidential election results certified in December 2020 by the Secretary of State. of Georgia, ”Erik Burton, spokesperson for DeKalb Voter Registration & Elections, told CNN on Monday. “Election challenges for the 2020 presidential election were to be brought to court within five days of certification by the Secretary of State.
According to David Becker, executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, a non-partisan nonprofit, if Trump is serious about his allegations, he should take them to court, not ask Georgian election officials to do something outside the scope. of their abilities.
“If they think they have a claim, if they think it’s new information that can stand up to a court’s scrutiny,” Becker said, “they should go ahead. and file a protest. But intimidating election officials 10, 11 months after an election literally means nothing. ”
“All we have here is a losing candidate so out of touch with reality that he is asking for out-of-court decertification of an election almost a year ago,” Becker told CNN, adding, “who even if it were possible to decertify, would not change the outcome of the election. ”