Georgia’s Republican secretary of state received widespread criticism from GOP critics regarding his oversight of November’s presidential election.
Now, one Republican lawmaker is demanding that Brad Raffensperger answer some serious questions.
“The bedrock of our democracy”
Georgia state Sen. Burt Jones, who serves on the chamber’s Government Oversight Committee, sent a letter this week to committee Chairman Sen. Marty Harbin, also a Republican, asking that Raffensperger be called to testify.
“Trusted, transparent, and secure elections are the bedrock of our democracy,” Jones wrote.
He went on to insist that “the buck stops with the Secretary of State, and our citizens deserve answers to these questions and to have faith in our electoral process restored.”
Calling for a “thorough investigation” of Raffensperger’s actions “will provide the accountability and clarity surrounding the 2020 election that the citizens of this great state deserve,” the state lawmaker added.
His letter comes in the wake of new allegations about how the state’s election was handled — particularly in Fulton County. According to the Washington Examiner, an election integrity group uncovered 200 ballots that were allegedly scanned twice in the state’s most populous county.
“It probably occurred elsewhere”
“If we’re finding this in Fulton County, we’re probably going to find it throughout the state,” declared David Cross of VoteGA. “The question is, why did it happen? The simple fact that it happened and we found it here means that it probably occurred elsewhere.”
The twice-scanned votes were reportedly identified in a recount and were not entered into the final tally.
For his part, Raffensperger lashed out at county election officials, asserting: “Every time we think we’ve reached the peak of Fulton’s elections mismanagement issues, more comes to light. I’ve been calling for change in Fulton since day one. Maintaining public confidence in our elections begins in Fulton County.”
A report last week stated that more than 10,000 ballots were cast by people in counties where they no longer reside. President Joe Biden won the state by a slim margin of about 12,000 votes.
Fox News Channel personality Sean Hannity expressed his belief that the latest revelations about Georgia’s election results warrant further investigation, declaring: “At best what we’re seeing out of Fulton County is incompetence running rampant at a high level, and at worst, serious fraud and potential abuse is going on pretty much in plain sight.”