Raffensperger told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in the “Situation Room” Monday evening, “He asked if the vote could be matched with the voters.” “And then he, I have a feeling it means then you can throw those out, if you look at the county with the highest signature error. So that’s the impression I get.”
He added: “It simply came to our notice then. ‘Look at how hard you can get out. “”
The U.S. Secretary of State told reporters Monday that Graham, the president of the Republic of South Carolina who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, also asked if Raffensperger could cancel the vote.
Graham denied Raffensperger’s request Monday, telling CNN that he said he wanted to understand the process of verifying a signature on a mailing card. He says President Donatella did not call for him.
Asked if he was trying to persuade the minister to vote in accordance with the law, Graham said: “It’s disgusting.”
“What I’m trying to find out is how are you going to verify the signatures on the ballot papers in these states that are at the center of attention? “It seems to me that Georgia has some protections that some other states do not have, where you go in to get the ballot. But I think it was a good conversation. I was surprised to hear him verify that way.”
“So they have expanded the postal vote, and the way you certify the signature to me is a big problem.
On Tuesday, Mr. Graham defended his dissemination to authorities in Arizona, Nevada and Georgia as an attempt to learn how these states have the right to sign ballots, claiming it was part of his ombudsman’s efforts to determine whether he’s lost.
“If we are going to expand the postal vote, which we may be, I want to make sure we are as careful as possible to get signatures like us if you show up on election day,” he told CNN
Raffensperger told Blitzer that Georgia’s electoral system already requires signatures when voters request an e-mail and when ballots are returned to the electoral system. He also said that those who do not have internet access have an ID card.
“We are convinced that the elected officials have done their job,” he said.
Experts say it is almost impossible for Trump to overcome his deficit of 14,000 votes in a retelling.
The audit process is expected to conclude in the coming days, and Raffensperger reiterated Monday that he plans to officially confirm the results on Friday, as stipulated in state law.
“We want to make sure that this vote is very accurate. We understand the importance of the nation, and we are in the process of taking action.” “The counter will be operational by the 18th and we will confirm this by the 20th.”
Republicans spent part of Sunday’s fact-finding mission on Trump and encouraged opposition to allegations of fraud in the presidential election, and the hand told the story still going on in the state.
Raffensperger, among other things, defended the integrity of anonymous voting, signature verification and ballot counting. He posted pictures of Trump’s tweets claiming the e-mail vote “would lead to the most corrupt election in U.S. history” and resulted in “ballot fraud.” Raffensperger responded that his team had “secured and strengthened non-elected voters for the first time since 2005” by collecting useless ballot information and also referred to it as “spreading inaccuracies about the signature contest”, writing “GBI voted twice before voting.”
He also advertised links to Trump’s Twitter posts, including accusing the Dominion voting software used in Georgia for the presidential election “deleted” and “replaced” by millions of votes. He also wrote, “Dominion voting system. America owns. America. ‘Merica. Not Venezuela,” referring to the conspiracy theory published by Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Guiliani.
Referring to the controversial atmosphere between Raffensperger and the Republicans, he traveled behind the United States, Doug Collins, in an article entitled “The Defender’s Doug Collins is a Liar – But What?” Collins led a panel for Trump in Georgia and criticized Raffensperger’s handling of the election.
This story was updated with further developments on Tuesday.
CNN’s Amara Walker and Jason Morris contributed to this report.