ATLANTA — Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State said once again Tuesday that he has seen no evidence of any widespread voter fraud in Georgia.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray that he is a conservative Republican supporter of not only President Donald Trump, but the two Republican senators who are now calling for him to resign.
Raffensperger said he has investigators on staff whose sole job is to look into wrongdoing. He told Gray that so far, nobody has provided any evidence of any significant voter fraud in Georgia.
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“We haven’t found any widespread fraud. We will investigate every single case that voters bring to us,” Raffensperger said.
An engineer by trade, the Secretary of State said he focuses on numbers and data.
“Election integrity still matters and integrity matters in this office,” Raffensperger said.
On Monday, Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who are both facing runoffs, released a statement saying, “The Secretary of State has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections. He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately.”
But they did not provide any specific examples of election wrongdoing.
“Any chance you are going to resign?” Gray asked Raffensperger.
“No, I think I was pretty clear on that. The voters hired me, the voters will fire me. I’m not going anywhere,” Raffensperger said.
The Secretary of State said his staff is investigating whether there were any double votes or felon votes.
But so far, he said the facts don’t match the senators' allegations.
“We have Georgia’s Republican senators calling for your resignation. You’re a Republican. These are people you support. What’s your reaction to that?” Gray asked Raffensperger.
“Well, I don’t think it was wise on their part because when you are going into a runoff, I think from a political standpoint, you want your team unified,” Raffensperger said.
By state law, there will be a statewide post-election audit for the first time this year. That process starts Wednesday.
That audit is separate and different from a recount.
“This is going to show once it is done that the outcome of the election is the correct outcome based on fact,” said Gabriel Sterling, in charge of statewide voting implementation.
“And this is based on science, it’s based on math?” Gray asked Sterling.
“It is science and math,” Sterling said.
The Secretary of State said he will select which races to audit on Wednesday and then his staff will compare a certain number of paper ballots to the computer tallies.