Chatting with reporters from the state Capitol Monday, Raffensperger mentioned his workplace is investigating any credible claims that teams are working to register ineligible folks to vote forward of a high-profile runoff election for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats. He mentioned his workplace’s 23 investigators are additionally persevering with to look into allegations of issues with absentee ballots, in addition to claims of people that voted twice, individuals who forged a poll in a useless individual’s title, and non-residents who voted in Georgia.
Gabriel Sterling, a high official in Raffensperger’s workplace, mentioned greater than 250 instances have been opened, however there was nothing thus far that jumps out as being more likely to change the end result of the election.
Raffensperger additionally hit again at allegations of widespread fraud, saying those who perpetuate them “are exploiting the feelings of many Trump supporters with unbelievable claims, half-truths, misinformation and, frankly, they’re deceptive the president as effectively, apparently.”
The secretary of state’s workplace is trying right into a sworn assertion from a Republican official in Gwinnett County, in Atlanta’s northeastern suburbs, that claims there have been extra absentee ballots than absentee poll envelopes, Raffensperger mentioned.
“That is the type of particular cost that our workplace can examine and verify the reality,” he mentioned.
County election employees across the state are presently engaged on a recount of the presidential race that was requested the Trump marketing campaign, and Raffensperger mentioned he expects them to complete the Wednesday evening deadline. Underneath state legislation, the dropping candidate can request a recount when the margin is lower than 0.5%. Licensed outcomes confirmed Trump dropping to Biden 12,670 votes, or 0.25%.
The recount, which is being achieved utilizing scanners that learn and tabulate votes, is the third time the votes within the presidential race are being counted in Georgia. After the preliminary depend following Election Day, Raffensperger chosen the presidential race for an audit required state legislation. Due to the tight margin, he mentioned, the audit required the roughly 5 million votes in that contest to be recounted hand.
The Related Press contributed to this report.