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Georgia secretary: ‘I wanted to get off call’ as Graham pushed to toss ballots

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NEW YORK — When Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger saw he was getting a phone call from South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday, he figured it was to discuss the two Senate run-offs in his state that are slated to determine whether their Republican party will hold onto its majority in the upper Congressional house.

So he was surprised to learn that Graham was instead calling to inquire into the state’s ballot counting process that Raffensperger was overseeing for the US presidential election, where an initial count had US President-elect Joe Biden ahead of President Donald Trump by just 14,000 votes.

Raffensperger told the Washington Post the next day that Graham asked him whether he had the power to reject certain absentee ballots — a question the secretary of state interpreted as an illegal suggestion to toss out legitimate votes.

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In a follow-up interview with The Times of Israel on Wednesday, Raffensperger said that when he understood what Graham was implying, all he wanted to do was get off the call as quickly as possible.

“I told him I’d talk to our attorney, and I’d call him back, but I never did,” he said. “I thought he was calling about the senatorial races since he’s a senator, but obviously he was dipping his toes into the presidential race.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham attends the third day of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in........

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