COLUMBIA, S.C. (WBTW/WSAV) – Sen. 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 paper reports that Raffensperger talked to Graham Friday. Raffensperger said 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.
According to the Washington Post, Graham also echoed President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims about voting irregularities.
Raggensperger told the Washington Post he was stunned by Graham’s apparent suggestion to throw away ballots that were cast legally.
On Tuesday, the senator told reporters he talked to Raffensperger about how Georgia verifies signatures, as he has concerns about the process on mail-in ballots. He said it’s something he’s also discussed with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and officials in Nevada.
“I am all over this, I am not backing off on asking questions about how to verify signatures with mail-in balloting,” Graham said, “but I never suggested the secretary of state to do anything inappropriate.”
Raffensperger told the Washington Post he has come under increasing pressure from Republicans to question the validity of the results.
The secretary of state said every allegation of fraud will be investigated, but so far, no credible evidence exists that would change the election’s outcome.
Read more from the Washington Post here.