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Team Trump calls on Georgia to do signature matching on the new recount, but it doesn’t seem likely…

Team Trump has requested another recount in Georgia, which is within his rights since the margin between he and Biden is so close:

AJC – On Saturday, President Donald Trump’s campaign filed a petition for the recount, which he is entitled to do under Georgia law because Joe Biden’s margin of victory is less than half a percent.

“Today, the Trump campaign filed a petition for recount in Georgia,” the campaign said in the statement announcing the petition. “We are focused on ensuring that every aspect of Georgia state law and the U.S. Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted.”

The Trump campaign doesn’t just want a recount, they want signature matching on absentee ballots to be part of the process. But given how Georgia handles absentee ballots, it doesn’t seem likely.

They do signature matching when they initially count the absentee ballots and then separate the applications from the from the ballots:

County election officials verify voter signatures on absentee ballot envelopes by comparing them to the signatures that voters used when they registered. But after that, the ballots are separated from the envelope containing the signature.

The goal of that practice is to protect the secrecy of voters’ ballots — secrecy guaranteed by the Georgia Constitution. Once the ballots are separated from the envelope, it’s impossible to match ballots back to voters to check their signatures again.

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Which means that this machine recount won’t be any better than the previous hand recount. So unless Team Trump can pull a winning lawsuit out of a hat, Georgia’s going to stay with Biden.

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