Atlanta – Two Republican senators from Georgia have called for the resignation of Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Ravensburger, after the two races for re-election are in the run-off.
Senators David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler issued a joint statement stating:
The Georgia election administration has become a source of embarrassment for our country. The Georgians are angry, and rightly so. “
The statement indicated that possible illegal votes had been counted. The statement continues:
We were clear from the start: every legal vote counts. Any illegal vote you shouldn’t. There must be transparency and uniformity in the counting process. This is not difficult. This is not my party. This is an American. “
During an interview with CNN, Lt. Geoff Duncan, a Republican, said he had not seen any widespread voter fraud or wrongdoing and that his office had not filed any complaints.
“And of course we will make sure that every kind of legal opportunity is to make sure that – if there is a problem, we want to make sure that we understand it, investigate it and make sure we can correct it,” said Duncan. “We didn’t have any kind of credible incidents that were raised to our level. So far, so we will continue to make sure that the opportunity to make sure that every legal ballot is counted is there, but you know at this stage, we haven’t seen any kind of reliable examples. “
Duncan later tweeted:
It’s critical that we all work together to secure a Republican majority in the Senate. The support of Senator Loeffler and Perdue on January 5 is necessary to ensure that the Conservatives have a voice in Washington. Join us in this battle! “
Without specifically identifying issues of concern, the two senators wrote:
“There have been a lot of failures in Georgia’s elections this year, and the recent elections have cast a national spotlight on the problems. While the blame certainly lies elsewhere as well, the responsibility ultimately rests with the foreign minister’s shoulders. Mismanagement and lack of transparency on the part of the foreign minister. It is unacceptable. Fair elections are of the utmost importance for establishing our democracy. The foreign minister has failed to conduct fair and transparent elections. He has let the people of Georgia down and they should step down immediately.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp wrote on his Twitter account:
“The Georgia election outcome will include legally casting their votes – and only legally casting their vote. Period.”
It was a statement that echoed a joint official statement the Governor issued with Lieutenant John Duncan and Republican Party Chairman David Ralston on Friday that read:
Free and fair elections are the foundation of our American government. Any allegations of international fraud and violations of electoral law must be taken seriously and investigated. We are confident that our Secretary of State will ensure that the law is followed as written and that the Georgia election result includes all the votes legally cast – and only the legal papers. We will continue to monitor this situation to ensure a fair and transparent process. “
The Foreign Secretary’s office issued the following statement in response:
Earlier in the day Senator Loeffler and Burdeau called for my resignation.
“Let me start by saying that this will not happen. The voters in Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the ones who will expel me. As Secretary of State, I will continue to struggle every day to ensure fair elections in Georgia, that every legal vote counts, and illegal votes do not matter.” .
“I know emotions are running high. Politics is involved in everything now. If I were Senator Purdue, I would be angry that I was on the run-off. Both senators and I are dissatisfied with the possible outcome of our president.”
But I am the duly elected foreign minister. It is my duty to help conduct elections for all voters in Georgia. I have taken this oath, and I will fulfill this duty and follow the law of Georgia.
Here are the facts.
From an election management perspective, the Tuesday 3 November 2020 elections in Georgia were a huge success. The average wait time for a vote was 3 minutes. Almost 5 million Georgians voted in this election … that’s a record turnout. Almost 75% of Georgia voters voted in person, while 25% voted absent without excuses. The Unexcused Absence Act was adopted by the Republican legislature, with the support of House Speaker David Ralston, and then Governor Sonny Perdue signed it into law.
President Trump received more votes than any other Republican presidential candidate in Georgia’s history, and Senator Purdue won more votes than the president.
“The process for reporting results was organized and in compliance with the law. Where there were specific allegations of illegal voting, my office dispatched investigators. We’ve put out a screen in Fulton County … one of our long-running Democrats counties.
“The investigation into potential dual voters was the first of its kind in the history of the Secretary of State’s office, and we will investigate any of those cases from the general election as well.
“I am interested in sorting every legal vote … and making sure that illegal votes are not counted.
“As far as the lack of transparency… we were literally posting results bulletins at least every hour. My office and I hold daily briefings or twice a day for the press to brief them on all the numbers. So this particular charge is laughable.
Was there an illegal vote? I’m sure there is. My office investigates all of this. Does he live up to the numbers or the margin necessary to change the outcome to where President Trump gets the Georgia votes? This is not likely.
“One thing I learned in my time as Secretary of State is that many of the difficulties in running elections are caused by federal law. Federal law, not state law, is what makes it difficult to keep voter records clean. Federal law, not state law, is what permits. People register to vote before the run-off even if they are not registered in the general election Now that Senator Purdue and Loeffler are concerned about the election, we hope they can fix these federal laws.
“My job is to follow Georgia law and make sure that all legal votes, not illegal votes, are counted correctly and accurately. As Secretary of State, this is my duty, and I will continue to do my duty. As a Republican, I am concerned about Republicans retaining the US Senate. I recommend starting Senator Loeffler and Purdue focus on that.
Georgia is recognized as a national leader in elections. It was the first state in the country to implement the triple automatic voter registration principle, at least 16 days into early voting (called the “gold standard”), and absentee voting without an excuse. Georgia continues to set records in the percentage of Voter turnout and participation in elections, with the largest increase in average voter turnout of any other state in the 2018 midterm elections and initial participation recorded in 2020, with more than 1.1 million absentees by mail voters and more than 1.2 million voters. They use Georgia’s new and secure paper-based voting system. “