Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday signed the paperwork that formally grants the state’s 16 electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden.

“The Governor has formalized the certification delivered to our workplace by the Secretary of State – as is required by state legislation,” Kemp spokesperson Tate Mitchell informed MeSlop in an e mail.

Earlier on Friday, Kemp introduced he would “comply with the legislation” and certify the electoral votes for Biden.

State legislation requires Kemp, a Republican, to award Georgia’s electoral votes to the licensed winner of the presidential election. A federal decide on Thursday rejected a last-ditch lawsuit that attempted to dam certification, and Biden’s victory was licensed Friday afternoon by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

“Earlier right now, Secretary Raffensperger offered the licensed outcomes of the 2020 common election to my workplace,” Kemp stated at a news convention. “Following Choose (Steven) Grimberg’s ruling yesterday, state legislation now requires the governor’s workplace to formalize the certification, which paves the approach for the Trump marketing campaign to pursue different authorized choices and a separate recount in the event that they select.”

Kemp later added, “As governor, I’ve a solemn duty to comply with the legislation, and that’s what I’ll do.”

Due to the shut margin, the Trump marketing campaign can request a recount. Georgia already performed a statewide audit, hand-counting about 5 million ballots, to any future recount is extraordinarily unlikely to vary the outcomes.

Certifying election outcomes is usually a formality, however the course of has turn into the newest battleground in President Trump’s longshot try and cling onto energy. His marketing campaign is making an attempt to dam or delay certification in key states in hopes of overturning Biden’s victory by means of the Electoral Faculty.

After the news convention, Kemp’s workplace put out a news launch saying, explicitly, “Governor Kemp Formalizes Election Certification.” However Kemp additionally embraced a few of Trump’s complaints about the course of in Georgia. 

Kemp requested Raffensperger to conduct a partial audit of absentee ballots to double-check that the signatures matched – caving to a persistent demand from Trump all through the post-election course of. It’s unclear if this may occur at this stage of the course of, and MeSlop has reached out to Raffensperger’s workplace for remark. 

Trump has berated Kemp on Twitter over the signature-matching situation, blaming the governor for a authorized settlement the state reached earlier this 12 months with Democratic teams concerning absentee ballots. Raffensberger’s workplace has stated Trump is mischaracterizing that settlement, often known as a consent decree, by falsely claiming it weakened verification guidelines for absentee ballots. Signature-matching is used to confirm the identification of absentee voters.

Kemp additionally stated it was “unacceptable” that small batches of uncounted ballots have been discovered throughout the audit. Election officers have repeatedly stated these mishandled ballots have been attributable to errors and incompetence – not fraud.

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