Supporters of President Trump and the America First movement have made it clear that election integrity is one of their top concerns. A strong majority of Republican voters have said that they do not trust that votes were counted accurately in the 2020 election or that they will be counted accurately in the 2022 midterms.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp initially campaigned on being a staunch conservative and ally of President Trump. He has since turned on him by refusing to look into evidence of election fraud in Georgia. Kemp is facing a primary challenge from ex-Georgia Senator David Perdue after betraying Republican voters.
Now, Kemp and his Lieutenant Governor, Geoff Duncan, blocked a key element of an election integrity bill that would have improved ballot chain of custody procedures and allowed ballots to be unsealed.
The provision had support from Republican majorities in both houses including the Speaker of House and likely would have passed, but Kemp allegedly gave orders to the Lieutenant Governor to use shady parliamentary procedures to block it at the last minute.
Voter GA Reported–
“A key integrity provision to unseal Georgia election ballots was blocked at the last minute on Sine Die by Gov. Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan. Duncan prevented the Senate from confirming House changes to SB89 which included language to unseal Georgia election ballots and improve ballot chain of custody procedures. SB89 language would have allowed counterfeit ballots to be detected and electronic votes to be verified. Those provisions are essential to deter fraud in upcoming elections.
Legislators made ballot images public records in 2021 but a year-long, statewide VoterGA analysis found it impossible to use them to verify the 2020 election results. VoterGA produced a 15-point analysis that revealed electronic tampering in over 500,000 ballot images prior to certification. Another VoterGA study determined well over a million ballots across 70 counties were lost or destroyed despite federal and state retention law. Experts previously concluded in court that all of the nearly 5 million images stored have inadequate resolution to authenticate the corresponding ballots. Counterfeit ballots were discovered in the Nov. 2020 Fulton County hand count audit by four senior poll managers and two audit monitors.”