Georgia Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue called on Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, to resign over electoral “failures” without citing any examples or offering any evidence.
Loeffler and Perdue echoed President Donald Trump’s baseless claims seeking to sow doubt in the state’s election after Joe Biden won by over 11,000 votes and both senators were forced into run-off elections after failing to hit the 50% of the vote needed to win outright.
“The management of Georgia elections has become an embarrassment for our state. Georgians are outraged, and rightly so,” they said in a joint statement. “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. This isn’t hard. This isn’t partisan. This is American. We believe when there are failures, they need to be called out — even when it’s in your own party.”
“There have been too many failures in Georgia elections this year and the most recent election has shined a national light on the problems,” they said, without naming a single one. “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.”
SOS says claim is “laughable”:
Raffensperger called the allegations “laughable.”
"Earlier today Senators Loeffler and Perdue called for my resignation. Let me start by saying that is not going to happen. The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me,” he said. “I know emotions are running high. Politics are involved in everything right now. If I was Senator Perdue, I’d be irritated I was in a runoff. And both Senators and I are all unhappy with the potential outcome for our President. But I am the duly elected Secretary of State. One of my duties involves helping to run elections for all Georgia voters. I have taken that oath, and I will execute that duty and follow Georgia law.”
My job is to follow Georgia law and see to it that all legal votes, and no illegal votes, are counted properly and accurately,” he added. “As Secretary of State, that is my duty, and I will continue to do my duty. As a Republican, I am concerned about Republicans keeping the U.S. Senate. I recommend that Senators Loeffler and Perdue start focusing on that.”
No evidence of any irregularities:
"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 every legal ballot is counted is there," Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan told CNN.
Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting system manager, said the allegations were “fake news” and “disinformation.”
“Hoaxes and nonsense,” Sterling said. “Don’t buy into these things. Find trusted sources.”
“Our job is to get it right for the voters and the people of Georgia and for the people of the United States to make sure the outcomes of these elections are correct and trustworthy,” he added. “At the end of the day — no matter which side of the aisle you’re on, no matter which candidate you supported — you can have trust and believe the outcome of these things.”