MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW/AP) — Senator Lindsey Graham pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, to throw out legally cast ballots, according to a report from the Washington Post.
The Washington Post reports that Raffensperger talked to Graham Friday. Raffensperger told the Washington Post that Graham asked him whether he had the power to toss out all mail-in ballots in counties that had higher rates of non-matching signatures.
Raggensperger told the Washington Post he was stunned with Graham’s apparent suggestion to throw away ballots that were cast legally.
When asked about the conversation with Raffensperger, Graham said Monday that he was “trying to find out how the signature stuff worked.” He said Raffensperger “did a good job of explaining to me how they verify signatures.”
Asked about Raffensperger’s interpretation that he was suggesting legally cast ballots should be thrown out, Graham said, “That’s ridiculous.”
County election officials around the state worked through the weekend on a hand tally of the votes in the presidential race as part of a legally mandated audit to ensure the new election machines counted the votes accurately.
Once the tally is complete and the results are certified, the losing campaign can request a recount, which would be done using scanners that read and tally the votes.
Election officials said Monday that the hand tally had turned up more than 2,500 votes in one county that weren’t previously counted but that it won’t alter the overall outcome of the race. Nearly 5 million votes were cast in the presidential election in Georgia, and Biden was leading President Donald Trump by about 14,000 votes.
Raffensperger said he has come under increasing pressure from Republicans to question the validity of the results, according to the Washington Post.
Graham also echoed President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims about voting irregularities, the Washington Post reports.
Raffensperger said every allegation of fraud will be investigated, but so far, no credible evidence exists that would change the election’s outcome, the Washington Post reports.
The Washington Post reached out to Graham’s office and were referred to a letter from Georgia Republicans voicing concern with the vote audit process.
Read more from the Washington Post here.