Georgia’s two Republican United States Senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, have demanded the resignation of Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who is also a Republican and in charge of the state’s elections.
Loeffler and Perdue issued a joint statement that reeks of desperation:
The management of Georgia elections has become an embarrassment for our state. Georgians are outraged, and rightly so. We have been clear from the beginning: every legal vote cast should be counted. Any illegal vote must not. And there must be transparency and uniformity in the counting process.
There have been too many failures in Georgia elections this year and the most recent election has shined a national light on the problems. While blame certainly lies elsewhere as well, the buck ultimately stops with the Secretary of State. The mismanagement and lack of transparency from the Secretary of State is unacceptable. Honest elections are paramount to the foundation of our democracy. 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.
The Senators’ statement was issued on Monday after Lieutenant Governer Geoff Duncan told CNN that his office has found no evidence of voter fraud or other malfeasance.
“Yeah, so, my office has been in close communication with the secretary of state’s office and the attorney general’s office and made sure that if there’s any short of systemic examples of fraud or voter disenfranchisement across the voting base to let us know,” Duncan said on New Day. “We’ve not had any sort of credible incidents raised to our level yet, and so we’ll continue to make sure that the opportunity to make sure that every legal ballot is counted is there, but you know at this point we’ve not seen any sort of credible examples.”
JUST NOW: "At this point, we've not seen any sort of credible examples."
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) November 9, 2020
Loeffler and Perdue both failed to capture at least 50 percent of the vote in last week’s election. Georgia’s state election laws mandate that they square off in runoff elections against their Democratic opponents in January.
If Democrats win both seats, the Senate wil be split 50-50. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris would cast tie-breaking votes, giving the Democratic Party a one-seat majority.
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