ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia’s governor re-announces that he will not convene a special session to scrap Georgia’s election results and appoint 16 presidential elections that would support Republican President Donald Trump in place of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
Republican Brian Kemp made a joint statement with Republican Governor Geoff Duncan on Sunday saying it would be against state law for the General Assembly to nominate voters instead of following current state law which calls on the governor to elect voters to be certified after confirmation of the results.
“Any attempt by lawmakers to retroactively change this process for the November 3rd elections would be unconstitutional and mandated by the courts immediately, resulting in a lengthy litigation rather than a short-term resolution,” the two said in their statement.
Trump and Kemp spoke on the phone for hours before Trump held a rally in Valdosta on Saturday. The president asked Kemp to set up the legislature and the governor declined. According to a tweet from the governor, Trump also asked him to order a postal ballot vote for the presidential race in his state. Kemp has said that he cannot do this because he has no authority to interfere in the electoral process on Trump’s behalf.
Trump on Sunday tweeted more unproven allegations that Georgia’s election was fraudulent, accusing Kemp and Duncan of inaction.
“Has anyone got the so-called governor @BrianKempGA and his puppet Lt. Informed Governor @GeoffDuncanGA that they can easily solve this mess and WIN (says he has no power to do anything!). Checking the signature and calling a special meeting. So easy!”
Duncan and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger appeared on television Sunday to defend the integrity of the elections.
“I’m proud that after three recounts we can look up and see that this election was fair,” said Duncan of CNN’s State of the Union. “Was it perfect? Absolutely not. I don’t know if any choice in this country’s history was perfect. ”
“Right now we’re not seeing anything that would turn the will of the people here in Georgia upside down,” Raffensperger said on ABC.
Gabriel Sterling, who is responsible for the implementation of the Georgian voting system, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump is causing trouble.
“The President’s statements are wrong. You are disinformation. They stir up anger and fear among his followers. And hell, I voted for him. The situation is getting worse and worse and it’s an environment that has been built over years, ”said Sterling.
The state legislature could call a special session on its own, but only if 60% of the members in both houses of the General Assembly requested a written session. That’s unlikely, especially since more than 40% of the current members of the State House are Democrats.
On Saturday, four Republican Senators, including William Ligon from Braunschweig, Greg Dolezal from Cumming, Brandon Beach from Alpharetta and Burt Jones from Jackson, launched a written petition attempting to collect signatures in order to force a special session. All four took part in Trump’s rally on Saturday in Valdosta.
“I do not think that there is the will for a special meeting in the general assembly,” said Raffensperger. He said that if the legislature took action, “then they would destroy the will of the people.”
Kemp and Duncan said a lawsuit is “the only viable and quickest option” for people who question the results of the Georgian presidential election.