Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger Had Witnesses on Call When Sen. Lindsey Graham Wanted Him to ‘Throw Out’ Ballots
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told The Wall Street Journal that two members of his staff witnessed Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) effort to “throw out” legal ballots, which Graham has denied, during a phone call (VIDEO BELOW):
Mr. Raffensperger said that when he was contacted by Mr. Graham Friday, he thought the senator was calling about the state’s two senate races.
After an initial conversation, Mr. Graham called back again and brought up the idea of invalidating absentee ballots from counties with higher rates of signature errors, Mr. Raffensperger said, adding that he had staffers with him on that call. Mr. Raffensperger and his staffers agreed not to act on any of Mr. Graham’s suggestions, he said. “We have laws in place,” he said.
Raffensperger told “CBS This Morning” how Graham wanted to interfere in the vote counting on the phone call:
Sen. Graham implied for us to audit the envelopes and then throw out the ballots for counties who had the highest frequency error of signatures. I tried to help explain that because we did signature match, you couldn’t tie the signature back anymore to those ballots. Just like if you voted in person, my name is not on my ballot and so it can’t be tied back to me.
We just decided the best action was not to get back and not to reengage. I thought we were going to be just asking what’s the status of the senator races, the runoffs. When it went down this other path, I think the best thing was just to disengage and move forward