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Georgia's Sec. of State Says Fellow Republicans Asked Him to Exclude Legal Ballots

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference on Nov. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

By    |   Monday, 16 November 2020 08:17 PM

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday said fellow Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, were asking him to exclude legal ballots in order for President Donald Trump to be declared the winner in the battleground state, which carries 16 electoral votes.

Raffensperger also said Graham questioned whether poll workers had accepted ballots with nonmatching signatures due to political bias.

Raffensperger, a Republican who has gone head to head with President Donald Trump over the election results in Georgia, on Sunday posted several fact checks on his official Facebook page correcting misinformation about the election promoted by Trump and his campaign.

“The state of Georgia strengthened signature match this year,” Raffensperger wrote in one post, saying that election officials received signature-match training requiring a confirmed match be made twice before a ballot is cast.

Raffensperger also expressed frustration with death threats he and his wife have received in recent days.

“Other than getting you angry, it’s also very disillusioning, particularly when it comes from people on my side of the aisle,” he told the Washington Post. “Everyone that is working on this needs to elevate their speech. We need to be thoughtful and careful about what we say.”

Graham said Raffensperger had mischaracterized their conversation.

"What I'm trying to find out was how do you verify signatures for mail-in ballots in these states," Graham told reporters on Monday. "I thought it was a good conversation. I'm surprised to hear him characterize it that way."

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday said fellow Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, were asking him to exclude legal ballots in order for President Donald Trump to be declared the winner in the battleground state, ...
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