Georgia's Republican House Majority Leader Jon Burns and others are calling on the secretary of state's office to review the absentee ballot process ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff for two Senate seats.
Burns and the other GOP lawmakers did not make mention of disputes over the Nov. 3 presidential election. Last week, the Georgia Legislature saw a surveillance video presented by President Donald Trump's legal team that shows containers being wheeled out from underneath a table on Election Night, while the team said that poll observers and other election workers were told to go home for the night. They said that the video, along with statements provided by election officials, shows that vote counters stayed behind until around 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 4.
Instead, the Georgia House lawmakers flagged the state's absentee and mail-in "ballot signature review process."
"To increase confidence in our election process," Burns and the others wrote, "it is imperative that signatures be appropriately scrutinized and that the signature review process is above reproach." He proposed that election officials promote a rule that requires "the signature review process on absentee ballot applications and absentee ballots include an independent observer from each political party represented in the races on the reviewed ballots."
The Republicans, in the letter, said the secretary of state or the State Election Board should join forces with other state agencies in support of local election officials.
"Multiple news outlets reported significant failures in counties across our state before, during, and after Election Day," he said. "These counties were rural, suburban, and metro-area and represented all demographics and areas of our state. We hope these suggestions can help Georgians rest assured that each and every legal vote is counted here in Georgia."
Following the explosive Georgia Legislature hearing, Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis called on the GOP members—who have a majority in both the Senate and House—to use their constitutional power to select electors. They argued that the presidential election results in Georgia were invalid in light of the Nov. 3 video and sworn affidavits alleging fraud.
Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling later issued a statement on the video, saying that the it shows nothing nefarious and described the process as not out of the ordinary. However, he was not able to explain why there were conflicting statements made by Fulton County election officials—beginning on the night of Nov. 3—about poll observers leaving the vote tabulation area on Election Night or why the containers were pulled from under the table after the observers allegedly left the area.