Sunday, December 13, 2020

Georgia: Congressman calls for recall effort against Secretary of State

Representative Jody Hice (R-GA) is promoting the recall of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), who is facing criticism from Republicans for not illegally overturning the state's vote for Joe Biden in the presidential election. In the interview, Hice is uncertain whether the recall can take place before the January 5 Senate run-offs. Beyond the many practical implications of getting the petitions approved, collecting nearly 600,000 valid signatures, having them verified and surviving court challenges (see below), it still can't happen. Georgia law requires that the recall "shall be conducted not less than 30 days nor more than 45 days after such call..." 

Petitioners would need close to 600,000 signatures to get on the ballot. Georgia is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a showing of cause is needed. 

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