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Loeffler and Perdue Must Answer For Lindsey Graham’s Push To Toss Out Georgians’ Legally Cast Votes

Senator Graham Has Pledged to Donate $1 Million to Support Perdue and Loeffler in Runoff While Urging Georgia Election Officials to Exclude Legal Ballots

New reporting from the Washington Post reveals that Senator Lindsey Graham “appeared to suggest” that the Georgia Secretary of State “find a way to toss legally cast ballots” from the November election. With Graham having pledged to donate $1 million from his campaign to Perdue and Loeffler’s runoff efforts, Senator David Perdue and unelected Senator Kelly Loeffler must answer if they stand by this shocking suggestion from their political ally to trash legal ballots as they accept Graham’s money and support. 

Last week, Loeffler and Perdue folded under pressure from their party leadership in Washington and leveled their own set of unfounded claims against GOP election administrators in Georgia.

“Senators Perdue and Loeffler must say whether they agree with their party ally that Georgians’ legally cast ballots should be tossed out as they accept financial support from an out-of-state senator who’s trying to disenfranchise their constituents,” said DSCC spokesperson Helen Kalla.  

Washington Post: Ga. secretary of state says fellow Republicans are pressuring him to find ways to exclude ballots 

By Amy Gardner

Key Points:

  • Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday that he has come under increasing pressure in recent days from fellow Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), who he said questioned the validity of legally cast absentee ballots, in an effort to reverse President Trump’s narrow loss in the state.
  • In the interview, Raffensperger also said he spoke on Friday to Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who has echoed Trump’s unfounded claims about voting irregularities.
  • In their conversation, 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 because counties administer elections in Georgia.

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