LOOK: Georgia Hand Recount In Question Ballot Rejection Rate For 1,200,000 Ballots 0.3% Instead Of Historical 3.5%
- November 17, 2020
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Social Media
When ballots are turned into for counting they must go through a verification process. This verification process includes several steps including comparing the envelope to the ballot, ensuring the ballots were properly filled out, validating the identity of the ballot, checking against possible duplication, and signature verification.
In a striking letter that requested a hand recount to the state of Georgia, they included the core concern was of a massive drop in ballot rejection rates. The implication is not all verification procedures were properly handled. Take a look:
First, 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. Our analysis of your office’s publicly available data shows that the number of rejected absentee ballots in Georgia plummeted from 3.5% in 2018 to 0.3% in 2020.
This raises serious concerns as to whether the counties properly conducted signature verification and/or other scrutiny of absentee ballots. In fact, it presents the issue of whether some counties conducted any scrutiny at all.
Here are some RAW numbers that can be matched against those percentages:
Serious concerns indeed. The loosening of ballot validation can cause major errors in the counts. It can also greatly increase the likelihood of illegal ballots getting counted when they shouldn’t. Recently, Georgia seemed to be ignoring the request for validate the ballots, which caused President Trump to express his disapproval.
He’s not wrong. When the primary concern is that ballots were not properly vetted, then simply ignoring the vetting process during the recount will not give a proper representation of the true count.