Tuesday, November 17, 2020

This Is Going Well

I guess Dominion owns the individuals conducting the recount in Georgia, too?

The recount, Raffensperger said in the interview Monday, will “affirm” the results of the initial count. He said the hand-counted audit that began last week will also prove the accuracy of the Dominion machines; some counties have already reported that their hand recounts exactly match the machine tallies previously reported.

Meanwhile, there's no voter suppression in the GOP!

In the interview, Raffensperger also said he spoke on Friday to [Sen. Lindsay] Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who has echoed Trump’s unfounded claims about voting irregularities.
In their conversation, Graham questioned Raffensperger about the state’s signature-matching law and whether political bias could have prompted poll workers to accept ballots with nonmatching signatures, according to Raffensperger. Graham also asked whether Raffensperger had the power to toss all mail ballots in counties found to have higher rates of nonmatching signatures, Raffensperger said.

Raffspenger said he was stunned that Graham appeared to suggest that he find a way to toss legally cast ballots. Absent court intervention, Raffensperger doesn’t have the power to do what Graham suggested, as counties administer elections in Georgia.

“It sure looked like he was wanting to go down that road,” he said.

When asked for comment, a spokesman for Graham’s Senate office, Kevin Bishop, referred The Post to a letter from Georgia state Republicans expressing concerns with the audit process, as well as the Collins tweet attacking the secretary of state.

On the same day that Graham asked Raffensperger about throwing out mail ballots in counties with high rates of signature problems, a lawsuit was filed in federal court in Georgia challenging the way county election officials check signatures and allow voters a chance to fix ballots with errors.

The suit, filed by Atlanta lawyer and Trump supporter Lin Wood, seeks to block certification of Georgia’s election until all ballot envelopes are inspected.

Also that day, Trump tweeted about signature-matching in Georgia and criticized Raffensperger for his management of the state elections: “Georgia Secretary of State, a so-called Republican (RINO), won’t let the people checking the ballots see the signatures for fraud. Why? Without this the whole process is very unfair and close to meaningless. Everyone knows that we won the state.”

Raffensperger said he will vigorously fight the lawsuit, which would require the matching of ballot envelopes with ballots — potentially exposing individual voters’ electoral choices.

“It doesn’t matter what political party or which campaign does that,” Raffensperger said. “The secrecy of the vote is sacred.”

Silly Georgia SOS!  Only Trump is sacred!  (And why doesn't Trump know how elections work?  He keeps tagging Brian Kemp, the Governor of Georgia, in his tweets, not Raffensperger, the SOS of Georgia.)  Lindsay, by the way, issued a non-denial denial:
“These states”? Does the Senator understand the system no better than the President? Or is he admitting to more than one such phone call to more than one SOS?

But wait for the best part.  Remember what Trump did for mail-in votes?  He's doing it again!

The secretary of state also warned that the Republican attacks on Dominion voting machines could create issues for the two state’s two GOP U.S. senators, Loeffler and David Perdue, who face runoffs on Jan. 5. that will be administered using the same Dominion machines.

Over the weekend, social media posts began appearing from Trump supporters questioning whether they feel comfortable using Dominion machines in the two runoff elections, which will determine which party controls the Senate.

“I don’t think it’s helpful when you create doubt in the election process,” Raffensperger said. “People might throw up their arms and say, ‘Why vote?’”

Somebody needs to start a social media campaign about how untrustworthy Dominion machines are, in Georgia.  Or would that be wrong? 

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