Brian Kemp, Georgia Governor who is also Republican, certified The state electoral college voters on Friday, about an hour after Raffensperger confirmed the results. But in his remarks he has taken steps to join Trump and avoid the criticism Raffensperger has received from other Republicans in recent weeks.
“This morning, Secretary Raffensperger presented the confirmed results of the 2020 general election in my office,” said Kemp in a brief announcement on Friday evening, which was followed by a spokesman confirmed to the Associated Press that Kemp certified the presidential election. “State law now requires the governor’s office to formalize certification, paving the way for the Trump campaign to consider other legal options and a separate recount if they so choose.”
Kemp, a former Georgian foreign minister, urged Raffensperger to conduct a “sample check of signatures” on envelopes after prominent Republicans, including the president, complained about the state’s signature matching process. These signatures were checked first when the ballot papers were processed. The envelopes are then separated from the voting slip to protect the privacy of each person’s votes.
There was confusion on Friday about when the results would be certified. Raffensperger’s office was initially announced shortly before 12:30 p.m. that it had confirmed the results. However, shortly after 1 p.m., his office announced that he will certify the results on Friday, not that he has already done so. His office then announced at 4 p.m. that the results were indeed confirmed.
“We had an employee who sent the wrong press release,” said Jordan Fuchs, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister. told the New York Times on the advance notice.
The results will be certified a nationwide exam, in which each ballot was reevaluated by hand. The audit that was conducted to verify the accuracy of the initial machine count revealed a very small mismatch between the machine count and the hand count that was expected – nowhere near enough to change the results. The certified results reflect the initial machine overview, not the audit.
Additionally, during the review process, four counties – Floyd, Fayette, Douglas, and Walton – Ballots found that were not originally reportedeither because they were never initially counted or they weren’t uploaded properly. These districts have all re-uploaded their results, reducing Biden’s lead by around 1,400 votes, which wasn’t enough to jeopardize his overall leadership.