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GOP pushes mail-in voting changes in Georgia

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 12/03/20, 05:20 pm

Georgia requires photo ID for in-person voting, and Republicans now want to require it for mail-in ballots as well. Georgia Senate committees held meetings Thursday to start the process of reviewing the state’s voting laws. Democrats argue the move would disenfranchise voters. Georgia officials have not found evidence of statewide fraud, although they have found occasional irregularities.

Have other states found systemic fraud? Michigan, another swing state that went for President-elect Joe Biden, has at this point found no evidence of statewide fraud. In a video address Tuesday, President Donald Trump claimed widespread fraud influenced the election results. Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis repeated those claims during a Wednesday hearing in Michigan and urged the state legislature to “take back” power to choose electors. GOP Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said legislators planned to follow the normal process. Meanwhile in Washington, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said it’s time for Trump’s legal team to prove its claims: “Doing a video is not proof.”

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • HA
    Posted: Fri, 12/04/2020 02:30 pm

    Please note that just because there was not statewide fraud, that does not mean that there was no fraud nor does it mean that fraud that occurred in some counties or some cities did not change the result of the election.  From what we have heard, there most definitely was fraud.  Please do not pass over this merely because it wasn't everywhere.  This is like saying that because a cornerback did not commit pass intererence every time the ball was thrown to the receiver he was defending, therefore he never committed pass interference and especially not on the one play that would have let the other team win.  This is very poor logic.

    Posted: Sat, 12/05/2020 04:45 pm

    Should Georgia change the voting rules right before a run-off? 

    I hope they have observers to keep an eye on votes. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 12/07/2020 11:24 am

    I agree with HA's comment above:  one corrupt city's voting could be enough to change the overall vote of a state. Statewide fraud isn't necessary. 

    I'm certain there were instances of fraud in this election, and possibly every large election.  The real question is, was there enough to change the outcome of the election?  Personally, I have my doubts. 

    Posted: Tue, 12/08/2020 12:50 pm

    OldMike, with a margin of 12,000 votes, that could be correct.

    I know from experience that the large cities get all the attention in these situations. That's where the Republicans pay for poll challengers, etc.

    Given that in this election, Trump's margin of victory improved in many of these cities, I suspect that the conventional wisdom, that Trump lost in the suburbs, is correct.

    Detroit, where I live, is 95% Democratic. If I were a Democrat, my goal in Detroit wouldn't be to cheat, but to make sure all the votes get counted, because in the end that's going to benefit the Democratic candidate. I know not all cities are as lopsided, but I suspect that in cities that usually break heavily Democratic, the focus of Democrat city clerks is going to be to get the votes in and counted.