The state of Georgia certified their president recount earlier this week, confirming the winner of their state to be Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Taking to Twitter, President Trump expressed his frustration with the process and asked why election officials were working expediently to “certify a meaningless tally?”
“The Governor of Georgia, and Secretary of State, refuse to let us look at signatures which would expose hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots, and give the Republican Party and me, David Perdue, and perhaps Kelly Loeffler, a BIG VICTORY,” the president said in a pair of tweets.
“Why won’t they do it, and why are they so fast to certify a meaningless tally?” he then asked.
…Why won’t they do it, and why are they so fast to certify a meaningless tally?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2020
As the Western Journal reports, however, Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis similarly criticized the hand recount. She also explained why they thought the result was meaningless.
The Trump campaign initially claimed Georgia went for Biden because illegal votes were being tallied in his favor.
The state responded by saying they would recount all the ballots again.
Georgia officials then confirmed their initial result (again counting the allegedly illegal ballots).
“This so-called hand recount went exactly as we expected because Georgia simply recounted all the illegal ballots that had been included in the total,” Ellis said on Thursday.
“We continue to demand that Georgia conduct an honest recount, which includes signature matching,” she added. “We intend to pursue all legal options to ensure that only legal ballots are counted.
The Western Journal adds:
In a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger last week, prior to the hand recount beginning, Rep. Doug Collins, the head of President Donald Trump’s Georgia recount team, and Georgia GOP Chairman David Shafer noted its lack of an adequate review to ensure absentee ballot signatures on ballots matched those on file.
“The audit does not include a review of signatures on absentee ballot applications and ballot envelopes to confirm the validity of the statutory signature verification process by the counties,” Collins and Shafer wrote.
The difference “raises serious concerns as to whether the counties properly conducted signature verification and/or other scrutiny of absentee ballots,” Collins and Shafer added. “In fact, it presents the issue of whether some counties conducted any scrutiny at all.”
In an appearance on Fox News on Thursday, Collins said, “We have found issues that we can’t get into as far as the absentee ballot signature issues, the issue of asking the secretary of state to open this thing up so we would know exactly where these ballots came from.”