Trump Voters in Georgia Will Vote in Runoff, But Don’t Trust System: Survey

December 10, 2020 Updated: December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON—Almost all Georgians who voted for President Donald Trump in the presidential election will vote in the upcoming Senate runoff, according to an online survey of Epoch Times subscribers.

The survey ran from Dec. 7 through Dec. 9, and close to 2,000 Trump voters responded.

Ninety-seven percent of them intend to vote in the Jan. 5 runoff, which pits Republican incumbent Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue against Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively.

However, only 16 percent of survey respondents trust that their vote will be counted accurately. Almost 40 percent said they don’t trust their vote will be counted accurately, and the remaining 44 percent said they’re unsure.

Most of those who intend to vote in the runoff will vote in person, either on Jan. 5 or during early voting times. Only 13 percent said they’ll vote by mail and another 2 percent are undecided.

Several people say they’ll change their method of vote from mail-in to in-person after the Nov. 3 election, citing trust issues with mail-ins. A handful of people say they don’t even trust early in-person voting anymore and will vote in person on Jan. 5.

“I’m very reluctant to vote again without any changes in the way we vote, but I can’t just not vote,” one respondent said, echoing many other comments. “I early-voted in the Nov. 3 election, and there appeared to be fraudulent handling of my vote, so I’m going to vote on election day and see if that makes a difference.”

Survey respondents had an even higher rate of mistrust in the presidential election results, with almost 91 percent saying they don’t trust it was an accurate count.

“As long as there are Dominion voting machines and crooked officials, the fraud will continue,” said respondent Jeff Williams, an attorney.

Registered nurse Susan W. said she’ll vote in the runoff, but if the Democrats candidates win, she’ll ” be certain that there’s no point voting anymore.”

A legal challenge filed by the Trump campaign in Georgia on Dec. 4 identifies several groups of people who voted illegally, including 66,247 underage voters, 4,926 individuals who voted in Georgia after registering in another state; 395 individuals who voted in two states; 15,700 votes from people who moved out of state before the election; 40,279 votes of people who moved without re-registering in their new county; and another 30,000 to 40,000 absentee ballots lacking proper signature matching and verification.

Election law expert J. Christian Adams said state legislatures, including Georgia, have made structural changes to their voting processes that have built bias—and more potential for fraud—into the system.

“Don’t forget, the Georgia legislature made changes a year ago. Those are legal changes,” Adams told The Epoch Times. “When a judge signs an order that gets rid of witness signature verification, like what happened in Georgia … that’s how the law works.”

Adams is president and general counsel for the Public Interest Legal Foundation, which promotes in-person voting and has sued large cities for not cleaning up their voter rolls.

“At some point, you don’t need voter fraud—when you’ve got city election officials going door to door in Philadelphia to collect votes, totally legally. You don’t need fraud. You’ve got a massive turnout machine,” he said.

Adams said voter disenfranchisement will likely grow in concert with states using more mail-in voting.

But reversing the massive mail-in efforts back toward in-person voting is going to meet a lot of resistance, he said, despite the method being the most open to fraud.

“Because [Democrats] view any effort greater than zero to be voter suppression,” Adams said. “So if they have to leave the house or stand in line, or lick a stamp, or register ahead of time, or do any of the things that were normal 20 years ago to vote, they call it voter suppression.”

Other post-election lawsuits have been filed in Georgia, including one by lawyer Sidney Powell, who is seeking to invalidate the results in the state over allegations of “massive fraud,” in particular, ballot stuffing and vote manipulation through the use of the Dominion voting system. She filed the lawsuit on behalf of a group of Republicans. A federal judge dismissed the case, prompting an appeal to the circuit court.

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