“Too bad the desperately needed election reforms in Georgia didn’t go further, as their originally approved Bill did, but the Governor and Lt. Governor would not go for it,” Trump said in a statement released through his Save America political action committee.
“The watered-down version, that was just passed and signed by Governor Kemp, while better than before, doesn’t have Signature Matching and many other safety measures, which were sadly left out. This Bill should have been passed before the 2020 Presidential Election, not after,” the former president continued.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed an election regarded bill on March 25 that succeeded signature matching for absentee ballots with a condition that people voting by mail present their driver’s license or state ID number or a photocopy of another form of classification.
In a statement following the signing of the legislation, Kemp said it would make it more difficult to commit fraud and easier to vote.
Some election authorities say the bill doesn’t exceed far enough to preserve the uprightness of the elections. Former Kansas Attorney General Phil Kline wrote an op-ed shortly after the bill was enacted pointing out that the new law does not do much to block the mixture of private money into election infrastructure. Billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated more than $400 million during the 2020 election race to local election authorities. Much of the money went to Democrat-leaning areas in swing states, according to Kline.
The bill in Georgia has become the target of left-wing attacks, disinformation, and boycotts. Delta and Coca-Cola published formal statements denouncing the new law. Major League Baseball moved the annual All-Star game out of Atlanta to display its “values as a sport” in answer to the passage of the action.
Trump on Monday echoed a call to boycott the companies questioning Georgia’s election reforms.
“Boycott all of the woke companies that don’t want Voter I.D. and Free and Fair Elections,” the former president said.
Trump also claimed that “the Democrats in Georgia really push the Republicans around.”
As an example, the former president referred to the approval decree signed by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, which made it almost impossible to deny absentee ballots based on signature mismatches. The new election reforms restrict the kind of decrees the Peach State’s secretary of state can enter into going forward.
The former president also discussed the continuing debate circling more than 400,000 chain-of-custody records for absentee ballots in Georgia. Only 56 of Georgia’s 159 counties have produced their records in response to requests by Georgia Star-News, the publication reported early last month.