Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger appeared on Tuesday’s edition of The John Fredericks Show and told voters why he believed the state’s 2020 presidential election was legitimate and why he thinks he’s worthy of reelection.
During his appearance, the secretary of state even pitched his candidacy to voters who supported former President Donald Trump. This, even though Trump and his supporters have long questioned Raffensperger’s competency.
Fredericks, the publisher of The Georgia Star News, asked Raffensperger why he allowed voter drop boxes last year.
“The drop boxes were added once we were into COVID-19. The state election board said that we wanted to have absentee ballot dropboxes,” Raffensperger said.
“They did not want voters coming into the election offices because of concerns over COVID, and voters didn’t want to go inside to drop off absentee ballots. There was a problem that the U.S. postal service was unreliable. I had no control over that. It was required that if you did use a dropbox that you had to have it under video surveillance.”
Raffensperger said Georgia’s Republican members of Congress last year received 33,000 more votes than Trump did in the state in 2020. Raffensperger said those were “very telling data points.”
Several members of the Georgia General Assembly have told Fredericks they were unaware of the state’s consent agreement with Stacey Abrams prior to last year’s election.
Raffensperger disputed what state legislators told Fredericks.
Author Mollie Hemingway said in her new book “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech and the Democrats Seized Our Elections” that Raffensperger’s actions enabled absentee voting known to favor Democrats last year. Some of those electoral changes involved absentee or mail-in ballots, which Georgia’s General Assembly did not approve.
State legislators are the only entity the state’s constitution recognizes when it comes to authority over elections.
Under Raffensperger’s leadership, one Georgia secretary of state official, Jordan Fuchs anonymously sourced a Washington Post story about Trump — a story that people now discredit.
The Post story cited Trump’s phone call late last year with Georgia Secretary of State Chief Investigator Frances Watson. During that call, Trump urged Watson to look for fraudulent mail-in ballots in Fulton County. The paper said Trump’s conduct and words — which the paper now admits it took out of context — constituted criminal behavior.
Writers at The Post, upon discovering new evidence, later corrected their story.
Fredericks concluded the interview by asking Raffensperger what he would say to Trump voters in advance of next year’s election?
“What I want to show them is that I will fight hard for election integrity and also to restore voter confidence in the election process,” Raffensperger said.
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Brad Raffensperger” by Brad Raffensperger. Background Photo “Voting Booths” by Tim Evanson. CC BY-SA 2.0.