Georgia's Secretary Of State Holds News Conference On Election Ballot Count


Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger claimed that some Republicans, including South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham, had asked him amid a statewide ballot recount whether Raffensperger had the ability to exclude legally cast ballots, according to the Washington Post.

Raffensperger, a Republican, described facing pressure from within his party about voting results and the security of the election in Georgia, which President-elect Joe Biden narrowly won by approximately 14,000 votes, the Post reported.

ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 06: Georgia Secretary of State Ben Raffensperger holds a press conference on the status of ballot counting on November 6, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2020 presidential race between incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is still too close to call with outstanding ballots in a number of states including Georgia. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Raffensperger said he also had spoken Friday with Graham, and that Graham allegedly seemed to hint that he should throw away legal ballots, a characterization that Graham denied.

“That’s ridiculous … Not at all,” Graham said, when asked about the conversation and whether he made such a suggestion to Raffensperger, a spokesperson told the Daily Caller. “What I’m trying to find out was how do you verify signatures for mail in ballots in these states.”

Graham thought that they had a “good conversation” and was surprised to hear that Raffensperger had characterized it the way he did. 

“The main issue for me is: How do you protect the integrity of mail-in voting and how does signature verification work?” Graham said, according to the Post. 

“All y’all are all over us ’cause you want the guy to lose,” he also told the media about the conversation, his spokesperson added. “If the shoe were on the other foot you’d be asking questions about widespread fraud, so that’s where I’m at with y’all guys.”