/  11.11.2020

Update: In response to the letter, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced on Wednesday (Nov. 11) that election officials would conduct a full hand recount of the state’s presidential election results.

Original story: Republican congress members are urging Georgia’s secretary of state to investigate claims of voter fraud, which — conservatives believe — is what made Donald Trump lose the state in the presidential election. Eight representatives wrote a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger; they did, however, misspell “Georgia” as “George.”

“As members and members-elect of the Georgia Congressional Delegation, we are deeply concerned by continued, serious allegations of voting irregularities in our state,” the letter begins. “The Georgia Republican Party and the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign have received reports of deceased or ineligible voters casting ballots, eligible voters being denied the opportunity to vote and Republican poll watchers and observers being denied access to activities and meetings critical to ensuring a fair, accurate and transparent vote tabulation.”

“As such, we write to request your thorough review of the allegations brought forth by the Georgia Republican Party and the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign,” it continued. “Specifically, we ask you to fully examine and grant the requests laid out in their letter addressed to you earlier today before certification of the November 3, 2020, General Election. A fair election ensures all legal ballots are counted. We are united in asking you to ensure that such is the case and look forward to your prompt response.”

According to The Hill, Joe Biden currently holds just a 0.25 percent lead over Trump in the state. Therefore, a recount is expected. Raffensperger, a Republican, previously pledged to investigate the Trump campaign’s allegations.

“As secretary of state, I’ll continue to fight every day to ensure fair elections in Georgia, that every legal vote counts and that illegal votes don’t count,” he said on Monday (Nov. 9).

However, there haven’t been enough reports of voter fraud to indicate a change in the election result, Raffensperger added.

“Was there illegal voting? I am sure there was. And my office is investigating all of it. Does it rise to the numbers or margin necessary to change the outcome to where President Trump is given Georgia’s electoral votes? That is unlikely,” he said.

The letter from Georgia lawmakers arrives as lawsuits continue to be filed — and dismissed — by the Trump campaign.


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