ATLANTA – Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensparger said Monday that Sen. Lindsey Graham asked him if he had the power to reject some absentee ballots, a question he interpreted as a suggestion to legally bounce votes .
“It certainly seemed that he wanted to go down that road,” Raffenspar said.
Raffensparger commented on The Washington Post that he has faced increasing pressure from fellow Republicans who want to see Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow leadership in the state overturned. Georgia had about 5 million votes in the presidential election, and Biden was leading President Donald Trump by about 14,000 votes.
Election officials across the state were working to garner a significant number of votes in the presidential race, as Rafaensparger remarks.
When Georgia voters vote absentee, they have to sign the oath on the outer envelope. County Election Office staff are required to ensure that signatures match one of the absentee voting applications and the voter registration system, Raffenspar said in a statement over the weekend.
Graham asked whether political activists could accept ballots with non-signing ballots due to political bias and whether Rafansperger could pull out all ballots absent in counties with high rates of non-signed signatures, the secretary told the newspaper. told.
When asked about a conversation with Rafensparger, Graham said on Monday that he was “trying to figure out how the signature material works.” He said that Raffensiper did a great job of explaining to me how they verify the signature.
When asked about Raffensparger’s explanation that he was suggesting that legally cast ballots should be thrown, Graham said, “It’s ridiculous.”
County election officials across the state worked as part of a legally mandated audit through a handheld weekend of votes in the presidential race to ensure the new election machines counted the votes correctly.
Once the tally is completed and the results are certified, the losing campaign can request a request, which will be done using a scanner that reads and votes.
Election officials said Monday that the hand tally had diverted more than 2,500 votes in a county that had not previously been counted but would not change the overall result of the race.
According to top election official Gabriel Sterling, there were 1,643 votes for Trump, 1,653 for Trump, 865 for Biden and 1665 for Libertarian Joe Jorgensen.
“The reason you audit is to find this sort of thing,” Sterling said.
He said the problem is a separate problem and there were “no fundamental changes” in other counties.
County Election Board President Tom Rees said it appears that the ballots were cast during the person’s early voting but election officials were not sure how they had missed.
Sterling said the county election office faced a number of failures, including that top officials are infected with coronoviruses, and that it did not follow due process when the results were tabulated by machine. But the county had paper ballots and caught the problem during the hand tally.
Trump, who has made unfounded claims of voting irregularities and fraud, and his campaign has repeatedly criticized Raffenspar on social media and the way the state’s hand was being operated. The Secretary of State has responded to his claims in a social media post of his own controversies.
Raffensparger told the Post that he and his wife had received death threats in recent times.
“Apart from making you angry, it’s very disappointing,” he said.
County election officials were instructed to complete the count by 11:59 a.m. Wednesday. The deadline for the state to certify the election results is Friday.
Sterling said that the hand moves easily to most of the places, and most of the state’s 159 counties have completed their work. He said that most of the data entry and quality control measures were in place before the results were presented to the Secretary of State. State election officials have said that they will not release any results from the tally until the entire process is completed.
Raffensparger’s office has consistently stated that it is likely that the results will differ slightly from those previously reported by the counties, but this difference is not expected to change the results. Election officials have stated that the tally generated from the audit will be certified.
The AP has not declared a winner in Georgia, where Biden leads Trump with 0.3 percentage points. There is no mandatory recruiting law in Georgia, but state law provides this option to a trailing candidate if the margin is less than 0.5 percent. It is the custom of the AP not to race – or subject to a possibility – to become likely.