President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. received Georgia, however that has not stopped folks from claiming that President Trump nonetheless has an opportunity to alter the end result and win the state’s 16 electoral votes.
The hashtag #WriteInTrumpForGA was one among Twitter’s prime trending subjects on Tuesday afternoon, with greater than 23,000 tweets. Many known as for Georgia voters to solid their ballots in January’s runoff elections for the state’s two Senate races for Mr. Trump. Doing so, the tweets claimed, would change the election outcomes and get Mr. Trump re-elected.
That isn’t true. Georgia officers licensed Mr. Biden’s victory within the state final week, and Senate races don’t have any bearing on the presidential election. Furthermore, runoff elections in Georgia don’t allow write-in candidates. In truth, state officers mentioned, there isn’t any line allotted for a write-in on the paper poll or a button for it on touch-screen voting.
“Our voters are definitely going through some kind of emotional abuse right now,” Jordan Fuchs, Georgia’s deputy secretary of state, mentioned in an interview. “There’s not even an option to write in a candidate.”
Georgia on Tuesday started a machine recount of the votes solid within the presidential election after a request from Mr. Trump’s marketing campaign, which was allowed underneath state legislation as a result of the margin was lower than 0.5 proportion factors. But an earlier hand tally confirmed Mr. Biden’s lead within the state, which was over 12,000 votes, and state officers mentioned the recount was extremely unlikely to alter the end result.
Some folks on Twitter and Parler, a social media web site that has change into a haven for conservatives, have acknowledged that diverting votes from the state’s two Republican senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, would damage their probabilities in opposition to their Democratic opponents within the runoff elections on Jan. 5.
But some Trump supporters mentioned they need to “punish” Ms. Loeffler and Mr. Perdue for no more firmly supporting or investigating Mr. Trump’s baseless claims that machines utilizing Dominion Voting Systems software program had altered votes within the presidential election.
“This is really simple: the GOP in every swing state (all of which were rightfully won by Donald Trump) must ensure that their electors cast their votes for the rightful winner,” tweeted Pete D’Abrosca, who unsuccessfully tried to run for a U.S. House seat in North Carolina in 2020. “If the @GOP fails to do this, we will punish Purdue and Loeffler in Georgia.”
Representatives for the Loeffler and Perdue campaigns didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, pushed again on the concept on Monday.
Those hoping for the election of Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democratic nominees, have additionally co-opted the #WriteInTrumpForGA hashtag. Many have posted tongue-in-cheek tweets to encourage Trump supporters to put in writing within the president’s title or to boycott the runoff altogether to protest the baseless fraud claims. Doing so would enhance the Democrats’ probabilities.
“I heard that when Republicans write-in ‘Trump’ for Ossoff/Warnock in Georgia, they own the libs!” one consumer tweeted.
A Twitter spokesman mentioned posts associated to the write-in hashtag didn’t violate the corporate’s civic integrity insurance policies and wouldn’t be labeled. Twitter is now not including warning labels to tweets concerning the final result of the presidential election as a result of it has already been known as, the spokesman mentioned.