Georgia’s GOP Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger says recount results “show no significant change”

The news of the looming recount results marks another blow to President Donald Trump, who continues to unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud in the state and has followed legal challenges in the state. The president has repeatedly challenged Republican government officials, including Governor Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp, for failing to overthrow the outcome in his favor, even though the two men distinguished themselves from leaders of other national parties by consistently rejecting his fraud allegations.

“So far, we haven’t seen a substantial change in results in any county. And that’s what we expected, and I think that’s what most people have,” Raffensperger said at a news conference on the south stairs of the Georgia Capitol.

He also said 110 counties had completed their recount work by Wednesday morning and expected all 159 counties in the state to complete their recount by midnight. The recount results will begin to be published online Wednesday afternoon.

Gabriel Sterling, executive manager of voting systems in the Secretary of State’s office, said at a press conference that plans to verify the results of the presidential election on Friday afternoon.

There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Georgia, which Biden won by more than 12,000 votes. Nearly 5 million votes were received nationwide.
For weeks, the president has filed a number of unfounded fraud claims in Georgia, which have been disputed by government officials. The election results have intensified back-and-forth ties in recent days after Joe diGenova, a Trump campaign lawyer, issued a violent appeal against Chris Krebs, a former cybersecurity official, who rejected Trump’s voter fraud claims and ousted them. position. DiGenova later tried to withdraw his comments, portraying them as a joke.
Sterling asked Trump and other Republicans to say the threats against election workers and officials on Tuesday, saying “it all went too far.”

“You have to take action and say that … don’t encourage people to commit any acts of violence,” Sterling said to the president. “Someone’s hurt, someone’s killed, someone’s killed, and that’s not right.”

Tim Murtaugh, Trump’s director of campaign communications, told CNN on Tuesday that “the campaign is focused on securing the total number of legal and illegal votes. No one should engage in threats or violence, and if that happens, we condemn it completely.”

Vice President Trump and Mike Pence are expected to travel to the peach state over the weekend to campaign alongside Republican Sens.Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who will face an election crisis in January that could determine which party controls the chamber.

Raffensperger’s office earlier this week announced that it had launched an investigation into several progressive groups allegedly registering individuals who were not eligible to vote in the running Senate elections.

The America Votes, Vote Forward and New Georgia Project have “repeatedly and aggressively sought to register ineligible, out-of-state or deceased voters ahead of the Jan. 5 Senate election,” the Secretary of State’s office said in a statement Wednesday.

Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Jordan Fuchs told CNN on Wednesday that in recent weeks, hundreds of reports have been received in their office about requests for missing ballots sent to people who don’t actually live in households. Raffensperger also said at a news conference Wednesday that three postcards addressed to the late son of the New Georgia Project had been mailed to the family home.

The New Georgia Project denied the violations in a statement on Monday, saying Raffensperger was “tired and making a false claim” against the group’s “legitimate efforts to register eligible Georgians to run in the election.”

America Votes spokesman Sahil Mehrotra said in a CNN statement on Wednesday that the group had sent a request to registered Georgian voters to “vote safely and securely in the mail during the January runoff” and that the mails were sent to the foreign minister’s voter registration list. .

In a statement to CNN, Vote Forward said the group “empowers volunteers to send heartfelt handwritten letters to encourage their citizens to participate in our democracy.”

“These letters do not contain registration requests and do not directly register anyone to vote. We rely on a third-party supplier for voter information and try to make sure this information is as accurate as possible,” the statement continued. “However, the data is incomplete and there are inconsistencies that we can neither predict nor verify. If the addressee of any letter has moved from the state or died, he will of course not be able to register to vote in Georgia and the letter itself will have no effect.”

We’ve updated this story with more information.