Though President Trump has decried alleged voter fraud, the accounted ballots will likely do little to close the 14,000-vote gap with President-Elect Joe Biden. Trump is now behind by 14,000 votes in the state, which is conducting a recount amid the too-close-to-call race. 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. Lindsey Graham asked him whether he had the power to reject certain absentee ballots, a question he interpreted as a suggestion to toss out legally cast votes.
Raffensperger told The Washington Post he has been pressured by fellow Republicans, including Graham, to not count some votes, but Graham told reporters Monday that Raffensperger misinterpreted his comments. The audit of ballots from 190 randomly selected reporting units is done by hand to verify the machine count, Magney said.
They expect the recount to be complete by Wednesday when they will be able to certify the results.
Raffensberger said every accusation of voter fraud would be thoroughly vetted but there was now no credible evidence that wrongdoing had occurred on a large enough scale to affect the outcome of the election.
Election official during an audit in Georgia.
The secretary of state said he has tried to help outsiders understand Georgia law and leveled some harsher responses toward those inside the state he says should know better, including Rep. Doug Collins, a Trump ally who ran an unsuccessful Senate race this year. Graham denied Raffensperger's claims.
"It sure looked like he was wanting to go down that road", Raffensperger said.He told The Post that Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a powerful figure in the GOP, directly asked if he could disqualify thousands of mail ballots for mismatched signatures.
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