Georgia Secretary of State said Lindsey Graham and other Republicans pressured him to cast legal ballots: report

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Georgia Secretary of State Ben Raffensperger holds a press conference on the state of ballot counting on November 6 in Atlanta.

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Leading Republicans, including Senator Lindsey Graham, have been pushing for the mail-in ballots to be legally rejected, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told the Washington Post on Monday.

In an interview with the Post, Raffensperger, a Republican, said he was under increasing pressure from his fellow Republicans to find ways to invalidate the votes in Georgia, where Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump from correctness. The issues included corresponding signatures on mail ballots and voting machines made by Dominion Voting Systems, both of which were the subject of baseless accusations.

Raffensperger expressed frustration with the situation, saying there was no credible evidence of significant electoral fraud in Georgia. He added that he and his wife had received death threats since the election. “Aside from getting angry, it’s also very disappointing, especially when it comes to people on my side of the aisle,” he told The Post.

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He told the Post he spoke with Graham, the Republican of South Carolina, on Friday and was asked if he had the authority to throw out all postal ballots for counties that had higher rates of unmatched signatures.

Raffensperger does not have that authority and told the Post he was stunned Graham suggested that legally cast ballots be rejected.

Contacted by the Post on Monday, Graham denied asking for exclusion from the legal polls. “If he feels threatened by this conversation, he has a problem,” Graham told The Post.

Raffensperger also called out Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, who is leading Trump’s recount efforts in the state, and called Raffensperger an “incompetent”, “liar” and “charlatan.”

“We are looking at the numbers. We are looking at hard data, ”Raffensperger told the Post. “I can’t help it that a failed candidate like Collins lies to everyone. ”

In a separate interview with CNN on Monday night, Raffensperger said his office would do what’s right. “We’re going to follow the process, follow the law, and the results will be what they are,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I’m probably going to be disappointed, because I wanted the Republicans to win, obviously. But I have a process, I have a law that I respect. Integrity in this office is important.

Georgia is conducting a manual recount, which is expected to be completed by Friday, the deadline for certifying the state’s results.

Lawsuits brought by the Trump campaign were dropped on Monday in Georgia and three other states. They were long shots to begin with, and the prosecution even admitted there was no evidence of voter fraud. Trump refused to concede the election, and the Trump campaign has filed more than 20 election-related lawsuits across the country, all but one of which were dismissed or withdrawn.

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