Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Made headlines last night Secretary of State of Georgia Brad Raffensperger said Graham suggested trying to cast legal ballots in the state where a recount is taking place.
Today Graham is chairing a Senate Justice Committee hearing entitled "Breaking the News: Censorship, Oppression, and the 2020 Election," prompted a response from the state monitoring group Citizens for Ethics in Washington (CREW).
"Most urgently about censorship, repression and the 2020 election is that Lindsey Graham has reportedly attempted to interfere with the Georgia vote count. If so, he should step down from his chair immediately," wrote the organization.
The most pressing thing about censorship, repression and the 2020 election is that Lindsey Graham reportedly tried to interfere with the Georgia vote count. If so, he should immediately step down from his chair. https://t.co/MsGIw3HOBG
– Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) November 17, 2020
Raffensperger remained steadfast in his report on what happened.
"He asked if the ballot papers could be assigned back to the voters," Raffensperger told CNN last night. “And then he, I have a feeling that if you look at the counties with the most common signature errors, it implies that you could throw these away for anyone. So that's the impression I got. "
It was just an implication of, "Look carefully and see how many ballot papers you can throw away," he added.
Graham denied any wrongdoing and called any suggestion "ridiculous".
"I'm trying to figure out how to verify the signatures on postal ballot papers in those states that are the focus of attention. Just as you send out a ballot, you need to be able to somehow verify that the signature on the envelope actually matches the person who requested the ballot, "said Graham." It seems to me that Georgia has some safeguards that other states may not have where you go to the portal to get your ballot. But I thought it would be a good conversation. I'm surprised to hear he's checking it out that way. "
“So they expanded the mail-in reconciliation, and how you verify the signatures for me is the big problem. If you want to do a postal vote, you need to verify that the person who signed the envelope is the person who requested the ballot, ”he continued.
There is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud. President Donald Trump and his deputies within the Republican Party have pushed the claim forward despite everything a joint Explanation The Government Coordinating Council on Electoral Infrastructure and the Electoral Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Committees noted that "no evidence has been found that any voting system has deleted or lost votes, changed votes or compromised in any way". The statement described the 2020 general election as "the safest in American history".
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