According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Georgia secretary of state’s office reported on Tuesday that law enforcement and election investigators found zero fraudulent absentee ballots during their audit of more than 15,000 voter signatures.
The audit contradicted allegations that absentee ballots were rife with fraud after President Donald Trump said the election had been stolen, said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Trump lost to Joe Biden by about 12,000 votes in Georgia.
There were 10 absentee ballots that had been accepted but voter signatures didn’t match or signatures were missing, according to the report. But agents from the GBI and investigators with the secretary of state’s office contacted those voters and confirmed they had submitted those ballots.
In one case, a voter’s wife signed her husband’s ballot envelope. Another voter signed the front of the envelope instead of the back. Eight voters had mismatched signatures, but the voters told investigators the signatures were legitimate.
Raffensperger, a Republican and Trump supporter, said: “The secretary of state’s office has always been focused on calling balls and strikes in elections, and in this case, three strikes against the voter claims and they’re out.”
He added, “This audit disproves the only credible allegations the Trump campaign had against the strength of Georgia’s signature match process.”
The audit reviewed 15,118 absentee ballot envelopes, pulled from 30 randomly selected boxes, out of over 150,431 total absentee ballots returned in Cobb County, a large enough sample to give a 99% confidence level in the results, according to the report.
The report stated: “No fraudulent absentee ballots were identified during the audit.”
Trump opted to complain about the process nonetheless, tweeting on Tuesday: “When are we going to be allowed to do signature verification in Fulton County, Georgia? The process is going VERY slowly.”
Raffensperger told CNN’s Jim Sciutto that the Election Department had a “99.9% accuracy rate in performing correct signature verification procedures.”
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