Georgia Secretary of State Pressured to Toss Legal Ballots

Mish

Secretary Brad Raffensperger (R) accuses Senator Lindsey Graham (R SC) of pressure to toss legal ballots.

Raffensperger Pressured by Graham

NY Magazine reports Lindsey Graham Pressured Georgia Secretary of State to Toss Legal Ballots

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham and other Republicans have reportedly pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, to toss out legal ballots as part of their increasingly desperate efforts to contest Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the presidential election.

The president and his allies, including Doug Collins, the Georgia representative leading Trump’s challenge on the integrity of the results in the state, have publicly attacked Raffensperger over his handling of the election. Collins has accused Raffensperger of caving to Democrats, while Trump has called Georgia’s recount “a scam” which “means nothing.” In an interview with the Washington Post, Raffensperger said that he and his family have received death threats as a result of the rhetoric, and detailed the Trump team’s attempts to pressure him into supporting their claims of voter fraud. Those allegations include a bizarre and baseless conspiracy theory involving Dominion Voting Systems, the manufacturer of the voting machines Georgia uses, as well as the validity of mail-in absentee ballots. But Raffensperger made it clear to the Post that no credible evidence of widespread voter fraud has been uncovered, and he has defended the state’s handling of the election.

Graham Questions Raffensperger Per the Post

Graham questioned Raffensperger about the state’s signature-matching law and whether political bias could have prompted poll workers to accept ballots with nonmatching signatures, according to Raffensperger. Graham also asked whether Raffensperger had the power to toss all mail ballots in counties found to have higher rates of nonmatching signatures, Raffensperger said.

Raffensperger said he was stunned that Graham appeared to suggest that he find a way to toss legally cast ballots. Absent court intervention, Raffensperger doesn’t have the power to do what Graham suggested, as counties administer elections in Georgia.

“It sure looked like he was wanting to go down that road,” Raffensperger said.

Graham denied the charge calling the claim ridiculous. 

Three Choices

  1. Graham intended to apply pressure
  2. He is a totally ignorant buffoon
  3. Both of the above

There are no other choices.

How can Graham possibly think it would be acceptable to discard all mail-in ballots in counties on the basis of any number of non-matching signatures?

Note that ballots with non-matching signatures were in fact discarded or cured. 

What Graham asked was a preposterous fishing expedition. Was this really ignorance and nothing more?  

Question of the Day

Mish

Comments (48)
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Too much BS
Too much BS

These goons will never. Graham Is the scum of the swamp.

Sechel
Sechel

Lindsay can't claim ignorance on this one. Not only is he a Senator but he's a lawyer. I suspect this get picked up by the A.G. of the new Biden administration and that his conduct gets referred to the bar association.

Sechel
Sechel

I suspect Graham wanted to tell Trump he tried and failed to stay in his good grace. He seems to have miscalculated on the willingness of the Georgia Secretary of State to go public.

Pretty scary stuff. If there was any dirt to be gotten on Raffensperger I have little doubt Republicans would have attempt blackmail to change the results of the election in Georgia

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

it s merely a democratic right to double check the voting cesspool innit ? Why would Dems oppose, if everything is kosher indeed it would definitely give an extra moral boost to Biden's victory, at the same time silencing the Trump Troops for once and for all !

Bungalow Bill
Bungalow Bill

As a lifelong Republican until recently, I am not surprised to once again be reminded the Republicans act in the manner they accuse the other tribe of acting like.

threeblindmice
threeblindmice

Option 4: GA SOS misinterpreted Graham.

KidHorn
KidHorn

Except he simply asked a question. It's leading to insinuate he was applying pressure to get ballots thrown out. And even assuming he was trying to get votes thrown out, what was he using to apply pressure? Can Graham have him fired or have his salary cut?

I think Mish is reading too much into this.

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

I have a feeling that trump was the last great hope for republican scumbags, too much change to the population happening over the next few years. I think I read that by 2040 everyone will be a minority. I used to think 2040 was a long way away but it is right around the corner.

Too bad a lot of the boomers here wont live to see it.

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

The sooner this current administration is shown the door the better.

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

What the GOP party fails to understand is that they have alienated a large number of mainstream Republican supporters, like myself, by pandering to a demagogue. Someone needs to reshape the Republican Party for its own good.

njbr
njbr

I wonder what hold Trump has on Graham--was he always such a "deep state" swamp-fighter?

Perhaps it was the machinations of Blavatnik and Wang/Dong that brought him under Trump's thumb.

EGW
EGW

A lot of people don't like Trump, and for good reasons, but a Biden administration probably won't be any better considering the fact that Biden has been stacking his cabinet with a whole bunch of left-wing nuts.

frozeninthenorth
frozeninthenorth

Americans you talk of your country as the "only real democracy" and then you prove the inverse! It's been two weeks, where every single challenge by the GOP to the election process has been, literally, laughed out of court!

Two whole weeks, clear evidence that it's all over, and your President still talks as if he won the vote...As a Canadian I am increasingly worried to be next to you guys -- I'm starting to think that building a wall between Canada and the US is an excellent idea, with luck we will get you guys to pay for it!

rob_abides
rob_abides

He is not ignorant. He knew what he has doing. He didn't bank on the SoS having integrity.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Graham needs Trump supporters for his 2024 presidential run. Something happen to graham after McCain died and Trump owned him. Cruz, Graham and others are vying for Trump voters in 2024.

El_Ted0
El_Ted0

Dishonest article title.

Rbm
Rbm

What business does a senator from sc have to call an election official from ga for anyway.


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