As the most important election in Georgia’s history since the Civil War looms in the near future, questions of vote fraud, secret deals, and ballot tampering are still unanswered from the General Election that created the need for a run-off. As if to almost double down on the issue, Georgia’s electorate has, again, requested a huge number of absentee ballots.
Nearly 800,000 Georgians have requested absentee ballots for that state’s all-important runoff elections this January 5, 2021. The race will decide which party has the majority in the US Senate, and whether the US government succumbs to one-party rule.
The General Counsel for Georgia’s Secretary of State, Ryan Germany, told reporters attending an election board meeting Monday that approximately 762,000 absentee ballots have been requested for the runoffs to date.
Germany noted that a record 1.3 million Georgians voted via absentee ballot in the November 3, 2020, General Election.
In the State of Georgia, election law says voters who choose to vote absentee do not need to provide a reason. They are permitted to submit an application for an absentee ballot online, by mail, by fax, or in person.
The Georgia State Election Board passed two new rules ahead of the Senate runoff:
The first extends the use of secure, monitored, drop boxes available 24/7.
The second requires counties to begin processing absentee ballots 8 days before Election Day. https://t.co/Pkezbtzo3c
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 23, 2020
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has come under fire for his lackadaisical approach to investigating innumerable claims of vote fraud and ballot tampering in the November 3, 2020 General Election. His performance has led to some in the GOP naming him a RINO.
Reports have surfaced that Raffensperger entered into secret deals with the Georgia Democrat Party that helped to change the rules about the handling of absentee ballots prior to the General Election.
The question of whether unlegislated changes to Georgia election law is at the center of litigation about the November 3 election.
As if almost to tempt fate, the five-member Georgia election board again opted to alter election law going into the run-off election.
The panel voted to extend two emergency rules, one allowing counties to continue using absentee ballot drop boxes, and another requiring counties to process absentee ballots starting the week before the January runoffs.