Georgia government candidate Vernon Jones is on his way to Arizona this week to visit the 2020 election audit.
Jones, a Republican challenging Georgia government Brian Kemp, plans to touch down in Arizona late Tuesday. On Wednesday, he will visit with Arizona lawmakers and see firsthand the forensic audit at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.
“There are going to be a lot of high-level meetings with people who were the primary organizers of the audit,” CJ Pearson, Jones’ campaign manager, told The Epoch Times.
Jones, a former State Representative who voted in favor of former President Donald Trump, is traveling with Bernard Kerik, a former New York Police Commissioner. Kerik, a Republican, was pardoned by Trump in 2020 on charges of taxation, including tax fraud. Kerik did not respond to a query. According to Jones’ team, a local sheriff will also join the group after they land.
Auditors in Maricopa County report the nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in the presidential election last year. They also examined hundreds of tablets and other election machines. A panel of the Senate in Arizona approved the audit in late 2020. It began in April after months of legal altercation with provincial officials, who felt the summonses were too broad, but were largely complied with when a judge ordered it.
A Pennsylvania delegation toured the Coliseum and met with Arizona lawmakers last week. Deputies then said they support a similar audit in Pennsylvania. They soon gained support from a top senator.
Jones wants to do an Arizona-style audit in Georgia.
“That’s exactly what the goal is,” Pearson said.
Jones has repeatedly asked for an audit, which dates from November 2020.
“The only people who fear transparency are people with something to hide,” he wrote in a tweet last month.
Officials in Georgia made several reports in the aftermath of the election because the victory margin for Democrat Joe Biden over Trump was so slim. They also conducted signature audits in several provinces. Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said the reviews confirmed the election results. He also said that fraud did take place, but that the cases were not big enough to change the outcome of a nationwide election.
Biden beat Trump by 0.26 percent, or 12,670, according to official results. The results after the first recount, during which four counties found countless or unreported votes, showed nearly 900 fewer votes for Biden, and 17 more for Trump.
Jones and other Republicans in the state tried to put pressure on Kemp, a Republican, to authorize an independent audit. Jones and hundreds of others from the IDP in a recent open letter an appeal for an audit refers to the Arizona effort.
‘We know for sure that the audit works to detect inconsistencies. In Arizona, elected officials began an audit of votes from the 2020 election in Maricopa County – a state with more than half the state’s population, ‘they wrote.
‘According to a letter from Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, there were various inconsistencies between the actual number of ballots in [batches] and the total indicated on the pink report slip that accompanies it [batches]. “She added that in most cases ‘the total on the pink report slip is greater than the number of ballots in the group.’ ‘
In the May 12 letter, Fann expressed concern to auditors that a database had been removed and that discrepancies had been found in the count. The country later tried to refute the claims.
Kemp said he did not have the power to order an audit. The Georgia legislature has so far not ordered one.
Asked about Jones ‘insistence on an audit, a Kemp spokesman told The Epoch Times in an email that the governor’ was the first to call on Secretary Raffensperger to conduct an audit. to complete the signatures on the overwhelming number of absentee ballots cast during the election. ”
‘To ensure that it is easy to vote and difficult to cheat in Georgia, Governor Kemp was proud to sign SB 202 into law. “By requiring a photo ID to be absent, a mandate to drop boxes in all 159 provinces and prevent the harvest of ballots, Governor Kemp acted to restore confidence in Georgia’s electoral system,” she said. “While Governor Kemp was disappointed with the outcome of the 2020 election, he is committed to ensuring that future elections in Georgia are more accessible, safe and secure.”