Vernon Jones Vows To Demand Election Audit If Elected Georgia Governor
Former Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones, who is challenging Gov. Brian Kemp for the state’s top job next year, vowed to pursue an audit of the 2020 election if elected to the role.
The pro-Trump former Democrat’s proposition, which comes more than six months after the November contest, would blow wide open Republican efforts to investigate claims of fraud that have been rejected by election officials, including in Georgia, and have seen little success in court.
“Georgians still have questions about irregularities found in the 2020 election and they deserve answers,” Jones said in a statement reported by CNN on Wednesday. “We must get to the bottom of all of this and other irregularities to restore trust in our election process. If Mr. Kemp refuses to demand an audit, then I will when I am elected to replace him.”
Kemp, as well as Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both Republicans, became targets of former President Donald Trump, who attacked them for their handling of the 2020 election and resisting his efforts to overturn the results.
Trump lost Georgia and its 16 electoral votes in his defeat to President Joe Biden. Multiple tallies of the votes and an audit of absentee ballot signatures found no widespread fraud and affirmed the results.
Jones suggested in a post on Twitter that he would now like to see a forensic audit, which would align with the election audits in Maricopa County, Arizona, and Windham, New Hampshire, that have attracted controversy and also been praised by Trump.
“Now maybe the Georgia State Senate and House will build up the courage to expose the large-scale Presidential Election Fraud, which took place in their otherwise wonderful State. Let them just look at the State Senate in Arizona to find out what Leadership and Patriotism is all about!” Trump said in a statement this week, reacting to Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announcing he would not seek reelection.
Jones, who is black, rose to prominence after supporting and endorsing Trump in 2020. He spoke at the Republican National Convention, urging other black Democrats to follow him in leaving the Democratic Party.
Beyond Election Day, Jones stuck close to Trump and has himself supported Trump’s election fraud claims, calling for the top elections official in Georgia, Raffensperger, to resign. Trump has not endorsed a candidate in Georgia’s gubernatorial race, but just before the Jan. 5 Senate runoffs there, he promised to support a Kemp challenger. Raffensperger recently announced he will seek reelection in 2022 and will face off against Trump-endorsed GOP Rep. Jody Hice for the Republican nomination for the Peach State’s secretary of state.
Author: Daniel Chaitin
Source: Washington Examiner: Vernon Jones vows to demand election audit if elected Georgia governor