Georgia secretary of state slams Trump ahead of rally: 'He knows in his heart' he lost
Days after former President Donald Trump accused senior Georgia officials of concealing electoral fraud, the secretary of state said allegations of irregularities in DeKalb County were already under investigation. However, he criticized Trump's continued focus on an election he had lost.
"What bothers me and should really worry everyone, even after 10 months since the last ballot was counted, we are still dealing with this misinformation and disinformation about the elections," Brad Raffensperger told the Washington Examiner in an interview.
In his letter to Raffensperger last week, Trump claimed that despite violations of the chain of custody rules, or rules that require specific documentation of each procedural step from the time a postal ballot is submitted, 43,000 postal votes were counted.
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Raffensperger said his office opened an investigation into DeKalb County's handling of ballots about three weeks ago when "we got some information that there was a chain of custody question."
But even these questions would not invalidate the ballot papers from this area, said Raffensperger. He found that postal ballot papers were verified by signature matching in the 2020 elections, which means that each ballot paper was traced back to the postal voting request of individual voters to verify authenticity.
Georgia moved away from signature matching with an electoral law passed earlier this year. In future elections, officials will check postal ballot papers with driver's license or social security numbers in place of voters' signatures.
Raffensperger's office in June announced it was investigating similar allegations of missing chain of custody documents in Fulton County, a place with a history of election administration problems. In that district, a request for public records from a local newspaper revealed that several documents recording the times when ballot papers were moved from mailboxes had disappeared.
Trump is likely to continue to focus on unsubstantiated allegations about the vote count in Georgia when he returns to Peach state on Saturday for his first post-presidency rally, which is expected to promote several statewide candidates for office. One of them, GOP Rep. Jody Hice, challenges Raffensperger for his seat.
Another candidate he is expected to support, former soccer star Herschel Walker, is vying to replace Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock next November.
"He will come and he will say what he will say, but in his heart he knows that he lost the election," said Raffensperger.
"He's continued to promote the big lie, and then he's raising money for that too, just like Stacey Abrams," added Raffensperger, referring to the failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate who refused to be the governor after her defeat in 2018 by Georgia Brian. admit Kemp for unsubstantiated allegations of voter suppression.
Despite making unproven allegations of electoral fraud in jurisdictions across the country, Trump has reserved special anger for Georgia. Trump railed against Raffensperger and Kemp both publicly and privately in the weeks after the 2020 election. Since then, he has continued to accuse Georgia officials of failing to expose the fraud he claims cost the state.
Raffensperger noted that Georgia conducted multiple recounts, audits, and scrutiny of ballot papers across the state and found no evidence of fraud or even widespread administrative errors. In his forthcoming book Integrity Counts, Raffensperger details the results of each election investigation.
"Every time we have dealt with all these and all these concerns, it is clear that Donald Trump lost the election fair and fair," Raffensperger said.
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However, given Trump's massive following and the much larger platform, Raffensperger said his office had no plans to refute claims about the election, which Trump is directing on Saturday.
"We will not win this megaphone dispute," said Raffensperger.
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