As the recount of votes in the state of Georgia is comes to a close, election officials report a slight change from the original presidential race results when Joe Biden held a 14,000 vote lead over Donald Trump after the discovery of uncounted votes.
Monday, Floyd County uncovered 2,600 votes that were missed during the initial count on election night. The Secretary of State’s office said it was human error and called for the elections director in the county to step down. The votes changed the margin by about 800 in favor of Donald Trump. Joe Biden still leads in Georgia by more than 13,000 votes.
The margin was similar in the Perdue-Ossoff race and will not affect the runoff, according to the Secretary of State’s office. Floyd County, located about 60 miles to the north of Atlanta, includes the city of Rome, Georgia.
And now there are questions of tampering by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham have arisen. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said that Graham asked him if he had the power to reject absentee ballots during the recount.
In a Washington Post interview, the Republican Secretary of State called out Senator Graham as the latest Republican to suggest that he find a way to reject legally cast ballots in order to improve Donald Trump’s re-election chances. This would have involved disqualifying more absentee ballots based on mismatched signatures.
Raffensperger said, “It sure looked like he was wanting to go down that road.”
When asked about the conversation with Raffensperger, Senator Graham said he was “trying to find out how the signature stuff worked.” He said Raffensperger “did a good job of explaining to me how they verify signatures.”
When asked about Raffensperger’s interpretation that he was suggesting that legally cast ballots should be thrown out, Graham said, “That’s ridiculous.”
Why We Need To Know:
Even as Republican allies stand with Donald Trump as he refuses to admit defeat, Graham sees the writing on the walls or the votes tabulated on television screens. Although he did not or will not say, the focus has moved away from the presidency and on to the Georgia U.S.Senate run-offs.
Lindsay Graham and his 49 Republican colleagues in the Senate recognize the slim lead they currently hold, 50 to 48. The conversation may have been just to satisfy Donald Trump about the how the votes were counted in the presidential election. But Graham, Mitch McConnell and other Republican Senators have put November 3 in the past and are looking toward the future, January 5 and beyond.